Thread Number: 35272  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Beautiful Hoover Dial a Matic Not Turning On😰😭🤧
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Post# 379598   10/12/2017 at 00:20 (349 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Hello dial a matic lovers,I have a Hoover dial a matic model 1149 that I got from eBay back in august and it's in good condition but the problem is that it won't turn on,does anybody know why,does it need carbon brushes? I really want to use this piece of beauty. And does anybody know the serial number's production month and year? I'm guessing '65 or '71 to '74. It's 0505482. Thank you.

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Post# 379604 , Reply# 1   10/12/2017 at 09:14 (348 days old) by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I would take off the handle. And use an extension cord with a thin plug to plug in the vacuum. By passing the cord and switch. Then if it still doesn't run you know it's the motor.

Post# 379606 , Reply# 2   10/12/2017 at 10:21 (348 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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I'll give that a try, thank u, and I'm new to vacuumland. Nice to meet you.

Post# 379610 , Reply# 3   10/12/2017 at 12:18 (348 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Well I just did the extension cord thing and it didn't turn on, but I saw Vinvac's post about the dial a matic motor say like taking it to a good vac shop and the motor should be repairable.

Post# 379612 , Reply# 4   10/12/2017 at 13:30 (348 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Ponder,TX)        
dont take it to a vac shop!!!

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they will either intentionally ruin it to pressure you into buying a new machine, or charge you insane prices to fix it. i know how to work on dial a matics and live in flower mound. email me at

Post# 379621 , Reply# 5   10/12/2017 at 16:30 (348 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Thank you so much,soon when we get a new car will look for you.

Post# 379701 , Reply# 6   10/13/2017 at 19:10 (347 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

That is one of the later Dial A Matic's , I would say it is from the 70's. It sounds like it has a stuck carbon brush, most likely it can be fixed by taking a rubber mallet and gently hitting in in the back of the machine in the loser section where the motor is. If that doesn't do it, the motor needs to be taken out and cleaned, a pretty difficult job for the novice.

Post# 379705 , Reply# 7   10/13/2017 at 20:41 (347 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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I knew it has to do with the carbon brush and is it difficult to take apart the motor? This is my 1st dial a matic,pretty nice huh?

Post# 381275 , Reply# 8   11/13/2017 at 18:41 (316 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Hey bnsd60m9200, I was wondering if you ever got my email? I'm looking forward to meet you with my dial a matic 1149 this Thursday.🙂

Post# 381304 , Reply# 9   11/14/2017 at 09:22 (315 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Yes it's a difficult job if you've never done it. I've seen Will take them apart. Let him show you how to get her all taken care of.

Post# 381319 , Reply# 10   11/14/2017 at 14:51 (315 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello Gabriel and All,
Up at the top of each Vacuumland opening page there is " Manuals & Literature" and I needed a schematic of the Hoover Dial A Matic and lo and behold it was there and only cost 3.99 to download "Hoover Dial-A-Matic Service Instructions" and it is really comprehensive. It covers both non power drive and power drive models.
For me taking it apart and figuring out what is wrong can be as much fun as collecting. Yes, I can see being afraid of breaking something and some time I also am. I have a reasonably nice Hoover 1170 that I got a few months ago and unknown to me there were 2 screws missing causing the power drive to not work and there was this weird spring that was about 3” long and coming out of it. Let me tell you that $3.99 was well spent. The spring is back where it belongs and I found 2 screws which worked. The spring was the Dash Pot Spring and the screws were for the Delrin Bearing. The 1170 power drive is totally operating perfectly.
Well that’s my three dollar and ninety-nine cents worth for today. Good luck to you.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 381338 , Reply# 11   11/14/2017 at 20:42 (315 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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Post# 381380 , Reply# 12   11/15/2017 at 16:17 (314 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Hey Kirbyvertibles, do you have Will Hemp's phone number? I tried to email him saying that I'm looking forward to seeing him this Thursday with my dial a matic but I don't think my email was sent to his file.

Post# 381435 , Reply# 13   11/16/2017 at 12:53 (313 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I don't really find the DAM to be all that intimidating personally, the trick to it is that you want to remove the nozzle housing from the machine before trying to take the body apart. You remove the clamps, being careful of the spring, on either side in the bottom, and then if I remember correctly, it comes up, over the handle, not down off the bottom of the body. Its been a while since I've had to do anything to one.


That's something that the UK calls what we know as a Convertible the Sr., and the Dial-A-Matic got the Convertible name! But we got UK built TurboPower machines under the Sovereign and Innovation names. Strange how they don't just use the same name everywhere.

Post# 381446 , Reply# 14   11/16/2017 at 17:38 (313 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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I think Convertible is a better name for it, it was the only upright at the time you could convert to a proper suction cleaner.

Post# 381448 , Reply# 15   11/16/2017 at 17:43 (313 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I think rebuilding a DAM is a cakewalk. Very easy to work on, and bulletproof machines!

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