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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift-Off - Front Wheels Tangled
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Post# 414189   9/23/2019 at 17:51 (193 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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I've had my Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lift-Off vacuum for about 9 months now, and it's still running beautifully. However, I just found this issue with the front wheels on it.

These wheels are getting tangled with hair, which is ironic as the "tangle-free brushroll" really does live up to its claim. Yet these wheels have just started getting tangled.

I find it rather annoying, as I have to take a toothpick and pliers to pick out the hair so I can try and make the wheels roll smoothly again. The bad part about these wheels are that unlike the back ones, the ones in front aren't non-marring wheels, so they have a tendency to snag on debris on my laminate floors downstairs and cause scratches. So I have to be extra careful when vacuuming the laminate. And yes, I do turn the brushroll off.

Anybody else have this issue with this particular Bissell, or just any vacuum in general?

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Post# 414192 , Reply# 1   9/23/2019 at 18:33 (193 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Yes, this is a common issue with any vacuum with these roller wheels. You can wedge a small flathead screwdriver in there and pry the whole wheel out, that's what I do.

Post# 414219 , Reply# 2   9/24/2019 at 08:17 (193 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Heavy tweezers or needle nose pliers perhaps?

Post# 414680 , Reply# 3   10/6/2019 at 19:41 (180 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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I took your advice and pried out the wheels using a flathead screwdriver. From there, the axles simply slide off of the wheels. I was able to untangle the wheels from there! This was SO much easier than I thought. There was quite a bit of hair tangled in these wheels, and once they’re clean, they simply snap back into the vacuum housing.

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Post# 414725 , Reply# 4   10/7/2019 at 19:58 by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Yup. Glad it worked well! Just be careful you don't dig into the rubber, but it is pretty resilient to pokes and prods.

Post# 414730 , Reply# 5   10/7/2019 at 22:42 by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        
Thanks for the tip!

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However, these front wheels aren't made of rubber. They're actually hard plastic, unlike the back wheels, which DO have rubber.

Post# 414735 , Reply# 6   10/8/2019 at 01:31 by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Oh really? Interesting. The only few I have seen (not on Bissel models though) have been rubbery. I guess it's all just different design techniques.

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