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Trying to fix a Kirby.
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Post# 168824   2/8/2012 at 13:46 (2,974 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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Here are the four Kirbys that I have. The two Heritages, came from the curb. The G3 I bought at a yard sale for $8.00. The G5 I bought with a Filter Queen for $10.00. I have never liked the looks of the G3 and stashed away the G5 and totally forgot about it. Last night I found it and decided to get it into service.
I don't know nothin' about birthin' babies or fixin' vacuums. I am pretty impressed with myself, so far.

Post# 168825 , Reply# 1   2/8/2012 at 13:50 (2,974 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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The G5 was missing the fill tube, the brush roll and the brush roll plate. I am impressed that I got the fill tube off the the G3, without putting a hole in it. The fill tube was on backwards on the G3. So far so good with the transplant

Post# 168827 , Reply# 2   2/8/2012 at 13:53 (2,974 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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Is the brushroll still good? It fits ok, but after Googling, they said there were different settings on the roll, 1-4 if it was old. I could only find green and red on the roll.

Post# 168828 , Reply# 3   2/8/2012 at 13:54 (2,974 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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I guess I need the back of the fork? The lower hook is broke off. I saw on eBay, they are about $5.00.

Post# 168829 , Reply# 4   2/8/2012 at 13:58 (2,974 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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So far, so good. I have the fill tube on, the handle, the cord. I found out that the sani emptor has to be on just right for the machine to work. I can't get the belt to go on. After more Googling, I realized there is a little lever that pops out from the big button. I wish I had instructions.

Post# 168830 , Reply# 5   2/8/2012 at 14:00 (2,974 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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Is the lever suppose to go completely around? When the belt says, off, its on. Do I need to oil it? I am afraid of snapping it off.

Post# 168832 , Reply# 6   2/8/2012 at 14:03 (2,974 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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To quote Blanche Devereaux, "it has been a personal triumph!" I just wish I could get the friggin' belt on. I think it is a very attractive vacuum. Just a bit of polish and a Mr Clean Eraser.

Post# 168834 , Reply# 7   2/8/2012 at 14:44 (2,974 days old) by piano_god (British Columbia, Canada)        

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You must remove the nozzle from the power plant in order to attach the belt to the motor shaft!


After taking the nozzle off, spin the belt lifter counterclockwise to the "belt off" position. You will feel tension as the belt is stretched and you will see it through the inlet on the back of the nozzle.  At this point, attach the nozzle to the power plant, lock it into place, then spin the belt lifter clockwise to the "belt on" position.  The Kirby is now ready for use...

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