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Post# 3523   11/4/2006 at 22:13 (4,037 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        

OK, I'll confess I never understood all the fuss over the Electrolux Model G. Until I picked one up at a thrift shop today.

Wow, what a great machine! I don't think I've ever heard a vacuum this quiet, and certainly not this quiet with so much suction.

Unfortunately, it has that ozone-like smell common to old appliances when it runs. Am I correct in assuming that means it needs motor brushes? If so, can I replace them myself, or am I better off taking it to a vac shop? Or is there another cause?

Thanks for any and all advice.


Post# 3530 , Reply# 1   11/5/2006 at 07:37 (4,036 days old) by electrolux-dude (Canyon, TX)        
Service Instructions On a Electrolux Model G

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Hi, Rick--Nathan Thomas here, at your service. I will be glad to help you with servicing your Electrolux Model G, as I've taken apart and serviced many of them. You can replace the motor brushes. The ozone smell means your motor most likely needs to be taken apart and cleaned. Here are the step-by-step instructions to work on your Model G:

First, on the top of the machine, on the handle, there are 3 phillips-head screws. Remove these, and remove the handle. Next, there are two wires, a white and black one, with connectors that plug into the prongs of the switch. Take a flat-head screwdriver and push them toward you, and they will come off. There is a plastic rocker that usually is the color of the machine, blue, lift that off. Underneath that there is another phillips screw. Remove that. You will be able then to lift the switch to gain access to a flat-head screw on top of the machine. There is also a flat-head screw on the bottom of the machine. You will need to remove both screws. The next step is to VERY CAREFULLY with a flat-head screwdriver, pry out the rubber bumper that goes into the cordwinder, it is held in with a little tab that snaps into the winder. After this bumper has been pried out, and your two flat-head screws removed, your front cordwinder assembly can be removed, and you will see the motor unit. To remove the motor unit, disconnect the two wires that are held into the switch, by the two little brass flat-head screws, push the wires down through the hole on top of the machine by the switch. Next, remove the 3 flat-head screws that are on the motor unit, and then you can then remove the motor for service. While you have the motor out of the machine, it is a good idea to clean it. To dis-assemble the motor for service, first remove the 4 flat-head screws on the fan housings. If the fan housings are rusty, after removing the screws, spray around them with WD-40 to help loosen them. If they are not rusty, tap them loose with a hammer and flat-head screwdriver. There are two housings--after you remove the top housing, you will need to remove the large nut on the top fan, I use a socket or a crescent wrench. After you have removed the top fan and nut, the bottom fan housing and lower fan can be removed. To continue dis-assembly of the motor unit--To remove the bearing assembly, there are 3 flathead screws underneath the bearing assembly, directly underneath the rubber boot that is around the bottom of the motor. I use a long flat-head screwdriver to remove the screws. After you remove the screws, the bearing assembly and armature can be removed from the machine. To remove your brushes--There is a brass flat-head screw on the wire leads that are attached to the carbon brush housings, one screw on each brush housing. Remove the screws, and then you can remove your brushes. To proceed with cleaning, I use an old paintbrush or old vacuum cleaner brush from a floor attachment, if the motor is really dirty, I use warm water and dish detergent, and the brush, and clean the windings and inside of the motor. I clean the fans the same way--with warm water, and dish detergent. Beings this is your first vacuum that you've worked on, it is a good idea to label your fans, for instance, label your top fan "Top" and your bottom fan "Bottom". Reason why is you want to be sure your fans are replaced in the correct order. The bottom fan has a hub that is pointing up, and the top fan's hub is pointing down. You want to make sure that you replace the fans in the proper order after cleaning. After washing out the motor and fans, use a hair dryer to dry them. In a Model G, they usually need new bearings. There is a bearing plate with 2 flat-head screws that when you remove those, you can gain access to the bearing. Depending on the year model that your Model G was made, it may have the large bearing, or it may have the small bearing. If it has the large bearing, you will need a bearing puller to remove it. If it is the small bearing, when you loosen the bearing housing assembly from the bottom of the motor it should slide off the armature. To replace your motor brushes, take the old ones to a vacuum shop, so they can match them up. Ask the vacuum shop for a brush-seating stone, to use to seat your brushes. While you have your motor apart, you want to remove the brush housings, and with a small brush clean the inside of them, so that the brushes will move freely in the housings. What I use to clean them is a little bit of Lime-Away. Squirt some of that inside and use the brush, and rinse with warm water. You will not believe at how shiny the brush housings will be! To seat your brushes, assemble the motor and mount it back into the machine, and hook up your wires to the switch. Hook up an extension cord, like an orange cord, to the switch assembly, and test. New brushes sometimes will spark at first but with the seating stone, it will seat them right in. Continue assembly of your machine, reversing the directions from dis-assembly. With a good cleaning, following my directions, your Electrolux Model G should run like New! If you need any help--Feel free to contact me.

Nathan L. Thomas

Post# 3534 , Reply# 2   11/5/2006 at 12:54 (4,036 days old) by laspirateur ()        


What a wonderful and helpful posting! Thank you for your generosity!


Post# 3558 , Reply# 3   11/6/2006 at 09:25 (4,035 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        
Nathan, thank you

Nathan, thank you so much. I've been out of town and just saw your message. I really appreciate the information and your level of detail. I won't have a chance to tackle the G for a couple of weeks, but I'll keep you posted.

Once again, thanks.


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