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Universal Canister Vacuum
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Post# 391567   5/5/2018 at 10:17 by highroller (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)        

Dear all...I needed some advice on a beauty; a near mint Universal Canister Vacuum. Has anyone ever worked on these machines? I know it needs a new switch, but the wiring is old...would a new switch be okay in this unit? Thank you in advance for your help (with pictures to follow!)


Post# 391568 , Reply# 1   5/5/2018 at 10:43 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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Universal used (for the most part) fit-all switches on their Jet 99, as well as the tank and round canister models. The same switch used on Sanitaire uprights today.

Post# 391574 , Reply# 2   5/5/2018 at 11:27 by highroller (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)        

Awesome, thank you for your help! I know this sounds silly, but is it okay to use a new switch and it's new wires with old wires? I don't have to rewire the inside or anything?!?!? lol (It's all intact, I just wanted to be sure)

Post# 391575 , Reply# 3   5/5/2018 at 12:30 by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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Yes, it's OK. The new switch will have two lead wires. The motor will also have two. As does the cord.

Take one lead each and connect like this:
one cord to one switch
one switch to one motor
one motor to one cord

In the end you'll have three connections, with two lead wires each.

Post# 391580 , Reply# 4   5/5/2018 at 15:16 by Highroller (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)        

Thank you so much!

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