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Post# 385673   2/9/2018 at 12:49 by Kirby27 (United States )        

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I hear of a lot of people taking about their cam lever going bad on their Kirby with a result of clicker in neutral. What does the cam lever exactly do?


Post# 385674 , Reply# 1   2/9/2018 at 12:52 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The cam lever engages and disengages the Tech Drive. The clicking noise comes from the gears not fully disengaging because the end of the lever isn't long enough anymore to do its job.

Post# 385675 , Reply# 2   2/9/2018 at 13:52 by Kirby27 (United States )        

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My tech drive on my g4 is slightly starting to click. Would this have any affect on my machine?

Post# 385678 , Reply# 3   2/9/2018 at 14:20 by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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You can go to and they have info on the clicking noise and even steps on how to replace the

cam lock lever. I bought the part, just a few dollars and then opened their website and did step by step

procedure. When done do it in reverse. Fixed my clicking noise.


Eventually the clicking noise could cause you to have to buy the whole tech drive with wheels, if not fixed.





Post# 385680 , Reply# 4   2/9/2018 at 14:51 by Kirby27 (United States )        

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For the info. I will be looking into that

Post# 385681 , Reply# 5   2/9/2018 at 14:59 by Kirby27 (United States )        

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Is this the part that I need?

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Post# 385685 , Reply# 6   2/9/2018 at 18:02 by broomvac (N/A)        

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Yes, that is the part you need.

Don't worry though. Even if you never address the clicking, it will never cause you to have to buy a new transmission. If anything is going to get worn out, it will be these two parts. The lugs of the element on the right lock into the element on the left. When the cam lever wears out, the lugs don't completely disengage and this could cause these two parts to wear out over time. However, they can be replaced for much less than the cost of a new transmission.

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Post# 385841 , Reply# 7   2/11/2018 at 18:57 by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Hello Kirby fans and experts!

Instead of starting a new thread I thought Iíd ask a related question regarding the Kirby Tech Drive System.

The Tech Drive on my Sentria 2 is smooth, no clicking and beautiful control so Iím not concerned with my cam lever yet.

My question is this.. the Tech Drive ďNeutral and DriveĒ switch on the back, is it separated between the Neutral and Drive where the lever moves if you push UP on both the Neutral half and the Drive half of the lever! Is this normal or has mine been broken?

Iím attaching pics to help clarify my question. Thanks in advance!

Patrick (HonestJoe68)

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Post# 385845 , Reply# 8   2/11/2018 at 19:23 by broomvac (N/A)        

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Yes, that is completely normal.

Post# 385846 , Reply# 9   2/11/2018 at 19:28 by broomvac (N/A)        

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I forgot to include this link. Notice that the brand new pedal in the picture does the same thing. I believe this is a feature that was introduced to reduce the chance of accidentally putting the Kirby in drive if something got caught underneath the neutral side of the pedal.

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Post# 385914 , Reply# 10   2/12/2018 at 17:24 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Replacing the cam lever doesn't always solve the problem. My G5 had the clicks when I got it and still has them, albeit to a lesser degree, after replacing that part. Tearing the machine down was a good learning experience and maybe someday when I'm bored and feel like throwing some more money at the thing, I'll get the gears, tear the thing apart again and install them to see if that helps further. Or I might just leave the thing as-is until it fails and worry about it then. But right now, I'm not bothered enough by the clicks to go through all that.

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