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Post# 124763   2/12/2011 at 21:35 (4,757 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Today I went to some thrift stores and found an Electrolux XXX. It came with a cord reel and a newer hose, but no attachments. I say thats alright for $21.

I must say this a neat find, BUT it has the poorest suction I've ever seen! I've tried it without the hose, bag and post-motor filter and it makes no difference. I don't seen how such poor suction could ever clean any carpet. Is there something I should be looking for that could effect this?

Very quiet and beautiful. Any other info I should know?


Post# 124765 , Reply# 1   2/12/2011 at 21:38 (4,757 days old) by goadie12 ()        

thats awesome I have been looking for a electrolux model xxx but since i live in canada they are hard to find very nice vacuum.

Post# 124777 , Reply# 2   2/12/2011 at 22:07 (4,757 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
san XXX should pull at least 50".

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If the motor runs well and quietly and the suction is weak then I would first suspect an accumulation of dust wads ingested into the fans, clogging & blocking the turbine vanes.

Another possibility is a dried out motor chamber gasket with a crack or void admitting air to pass from bag chamber to motor chamber without passing through the fans.

Fairly easy to remove the motor unit, slip or pry off the fan cans and inspect the turbines. Tweezers and a thick pipe cleaners are excellent tools for cleaning the vanes. Note the fans are precisely balanced so take care not to deform them or file off any metal. No matter how tempting, do NOT use a metal screwdriver to scrape off the dirt! Use something of wood like a toothpick.
Fan #1 must first be removed from the spindle to get the can shroud for #2 off.


Post# 124800 , Reply# 3   2/13/2011 at 00:13 (4,757 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Another possibility: If the rubber gasket around the metal rim of the cloth dust bag is hardened or cracked -- or, worse, missing -- that will detrimentally affect the suction power.

Post# 124821 , Reply# 4   2/13/2011 at 09:48 (4,756 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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There is a gasket. Could someone please tell me in detail how to remove the motor? Thanks

Post# 124836 , Reply# 5   2/13/2011 at 15:58 (4,756 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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Below where the cord plugs into the machine are two knobs, one on either side. Loosen those knobs and take the back end of the machine off. There should be a filter inside the rear end. That filter might need to be cleaned or replaced. I don't know if there is a replacement filter being made, I will defer to the Electrolux collectors.

Post# 124839 , Reply# 6   2/13/2011 at 16:06 (4,756 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I've been able the cord reel off but there is another metal plate that I can't get off. Even if I did that I still see no way to pull the motor out.

Post# 124850 , Reply# 7   2/13/2011 at 17:20 (4,756 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I have three or four those, but I've never worked on one. Very nice find! Be sure and take a few photos to document your work! I'd love to see what you're doing.

Post# 124851 , Reply# 8   2/13/2011 at 17:46 (4,756 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Cord Reel

Post# 124852 , Reply# 9   2/13/2011 at 17:48 (4,756 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Without cord reel. What is the next step?

Post# 124924 , Reply# 10   2/14/2011 at 05:18 (4,755 days old) by electrolux-dude (Canyon, TX)        

Hi, Nathaniel, I can help. Loosen those little nuts, loosen them till they are almost near the front of the threads. There are long arms that clip into little slots on the sides of the inside of the vacuum's casing. After loosening the nuts you will be able to push down and slide the arms out of the way and then pry up the motor cover. To remove the motor for service loosen the 3 nuts on the motor. Pull your 2 wires out of the switch, as they just slide in. You can then remove your motor for service.
If you need any other advice simply e-mail me, I'll be glad to walk you through it. My e-mail address is:
Nathan L. Thomas

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