Thread Number: 36073  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Eureka 260 Disturbulator Lubrication
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Post# 386909   2/28/2018 at 10:42 by ceejay960 (Holland MI)        

I have a Eureka Model 260 with a CWP Distirbulator that turns quite hard. How do you lubricate it? Can I pry off the end caps to clean and lub, or do I just squirt oil or pump grease through those little holes?

If it comes down to replacement, what is the part number to look for? It has CWP 0223961 stamped on it, but a google search yields nothing. Other searches turn up brushrolls that look like the endcap squares are too big.


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Post# 386911 , Reply# 1   2/28/2018 at 11:34 by Vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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I can't remember how they come apart but I do know that part is no longer available.

Post# 386912 , Reply# 2   2/28/2018 at 12:09 by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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You can find a new one on Ebay right now. Just type in  eureka cwp square end brush roll. These get harder to

find all the time.





Post# 386914 , Reply# 3   2/28/2018 at 13:03 by a007kirbyman (--->> Originally My Mom <<--- (now Wisconsin))        
Chris & Eureka 260 Disturbulator...

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"...has CWP 0223961 stamped..."

That is NOT the part #, rather it's the date it was manufactured, February 23rd, 1996.

The last character (1) is either the production line it came off from or the shift is was made. I don't remember which. ~lol~

Cheers & hagd/n all,


Post# 386917 , Reply# 4   2/28/2018 at 13:23 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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Yeah I believe the in caps just come off and you can oil them , I would be very cautious they might break when try to get them off

Post# 386928 , Reply# 5   2/28/2018 at 15:56 by Phaeton (Los Angeles)        

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Hello All,
I believe you will have to tap/pound the roll pin out of one of the ends and pull on the other end and it should then come apart.
I can not say I remember exactly as it has been years since I did it.
There are a few new ones on eBay just look up Eureka CWP 244 and it should bring up eBay Item No. 222748358900.
Good luck.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 386931 , Reply# 6   2/28/2018 at 16:55 by broomvac (N/A)        

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The brush roll looks nice so I would say there is no need to downright replace it.

In general, this is how I service any brush roll.

1. Take end caps off brush roll.
2. Remove bearings from brush roll.
(now you have some options)
3a. Few bearings are "unique." Chances are that the bearings are some standard "size." Buy replacement bearings for just a couple bucks from an industrial bearing supplier.
3b. Lubricate the existing bearings.

Rolling element (i.e. ball) bearings should be disassembled enough to expose the rolling elements (i.e. remove seals and/or seals). Using degreaser or brake parts cleaner, clean the disassembled bearing to remove old, contaminated grease. Squirt new, high temperature, synthetic grease in between the rolling elements with a fine syringe and re-install seals/shields.

Sleeve bearings require non-detergent oil. Simply clean off the bearing with a cloth and soak some 3-in-1 Oil for Electric Motors (Blue Label) into the bearings.

Long story short: Rolling element bearings get high-temp grease, sleeve bearings get oil. DO NOT put oil in a rolling element bearing nor grease in a sleeve bearing! This will ruin the bearing.

4. Re-assemble everything.

Do this and I promise you any brush roll will spin like new.

Note of caution: Do not get "overly enthusiastic" with any kind of lubricant if you choose this route, lest you get lubricant on your carpet!

Post# 386958 , Reply# 7   3/1/2018 at 10:19 by ceejay960 (Holland MI)        
Thank you!

Thanks all for the comments and advice! A special shout out to Phaeton for showing that I need to remove the pins to get the end caps off, and how to find a new part on ebay, of which there are indeed a few. Don't think I'll need one though, after getting the caps off I found a bunch of hair wrapped around the shaft. Once I removed that it already worked a hundred percent better. Thank you also to broomvac for how to clean and lube the different bearings. It has the sleeve bearings so I'll clean and oil them and expect it all to work like new when finished. Thanks again everybody!

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