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Post# 126788   3/6/2011 at 15:21 (4,744 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

My kirby sanitronics (i think) have bad bearings. Not real bad, but they could be better. You tell me how bad they are: The DS50 makes a "sshh" sound for about 1 second after it turns off, same as the DS80. Can i use these for a while, or should i replace or grease the bearings right away. I just want to know if its Okay if i use them; i love using older kirbys because they are easier to use than the post-sanitronics.


Post# 126790 , Reply# 1   3/6/2011 at 16:12 (4,744 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

If you think the bearings sound bad, replace them or repack them, if it still sounds bad after that, then it's the carbon brushes/commutator or the brushroll... :)

Post# 126796 , Reply# 2   3/6/2011 at 17:14 (4,744 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

But can i still use it if the bearings arent that bad, but not in the best shape?


Post# 126797 , Reply# 3   3/6/2011 at 17:31 (4,744 days old) by electroluxxxx ()        

yes you can, just dont let it get too bad.

Post# 126799 , Reply# 4   3/6/2011 at 17:38 (4,744 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

You could, yes, but if they're dry, then they'll wear out faster and possibly cause damage to the armature and/or the field coil, not to mention if they seized up, they could cause the armature to burn out... :)

All worst case scenarios, but it's best to look after them than to risk damage... :)

Post# 126800 , Reply# 5   3/6/2011 at 17:40 (4,744 days old) by electroluxxxx ()        

I second that David

Post# 126803 , Reply# 6   3/6/2011 at 17:51 (4,744 days old) by mercuryman ()        

The motor in one of my Electroluxes has been doing a funny thing lately, and rather than chance it and make it worse, I'm going to have it checked out. A simple problem left ignored can turn into a major problem (meaning more $$$ to fix). I like to err on the side of being cautious. Many vintage machines aren't replaceable when they're completely shot. Just my $0.02. Good luck!

Post# 126811 , Reply# 7   3/6/2011 at 18:50 (4,744 days old) by electroluxxxx ()        

I understand where you are coming from, and you are right about a problem being left ignored can become worse. I have had this issue here and there, so VW maybe it is better to have it lubed than left alone. =)

Speaking of brian what is going on with your lux?

Post# 126842 , Reply# 8   3/6/2011 at 21:25 (4,744 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Okay, thanks. Now whats the best method to lubricate the bearings?


Post# 126845 , Reply# 9   3/6/2011 at 21:40 (4,744 days old) by electroluxxxx ()        

if it were I doing the repair I would just replace them, that way you will have a fresh repair done right. I have replaced Bearings in a kirby and they are not all that hard to change however you will beed a bearing puller and a little patience. if you are going to lubricate them, some bearings have a Rubber seal that is easily pryed up with a special tool others are sealed with metal and should not be bothered and replaced. once the rubber seal is pryed then you should inject grease into the bearing but make sure it is evenly spread out and then replace the bearing seal. always remember NEVER grease sleeve Bearings, always oil them with 3 in one machine oil, and Never use automobile motor oil.

I have done NUMEROUS repairs on my machines and have been very very successful. I am sure someone on here will have an easier way to do it though

Good luck =)

Post# 126847 , Reply# 10   3/6/2011 at 21:49 (4,744 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

So if youre just lubeing them, do you need the special bearing puller? And can you use WD40?


Post# 126850 , Reply# 11   3/6/2011 at 22:17 (4,744 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Erm, you already have the info on how to repack bearings, which I gave you:


Post# 126851 , Reply# 12   3/6/2011 at 22:20 (4,744 days old) by kittingerhoover ()        

You CANNOT use WD-40 which is a water displacement product.

Replace the bad bearings, or have someone QUALIFIED do the work as to avoid damage.

Post# 126852 , Reply# 13   3/6/2011 at 22:24 (4,744 days old) by kittingerhoover ()        
Hey VW...

Why is your name not in the Vacuumland profile?

Per the rules and regulations your REAL name must be in the profile.



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