Thread Number: 40794  /  Tag: 80s/90s Vacuum Cleaners
Electrolux airstream 1000 motor rubber /grommet
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Post# 433397   10/11/2020 at 11:34 by lambytone (Newport)        

Hi,I have an old electrolux airstream 1000 that kept losing the drive belt from the motor spindle. On stripping down, the rubber grommet / bush that holds the motor/ spindle in place has deteriorated and split on the spindle side. I've searched online but can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Would anyone know if such a thing is still available and what I should look for. Thanks in advance. Tony

Post# 433399 , Reply# 1   10/11/2020 at 14:12 by Jo (Dallas,TX)        

I googled this model. It was not a US Electrolux product. Either Canadian or European. Donít know much about these. What country are you in?


Post# 433401 , Reply# 2   10/11/2020 at 17:40 by lambytone (Newport)        

Yes sorry I'm in the UK. How do I post a picture of the part.

Post# 433404 , Reply# 3   10/11/2020 at 20:35 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hereís a great video of the Airstream created by our wonderful cleanerphile friend in the UK - Roger ďSensotronicĒ Ibaisaic:

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Post# 433407 , Reply# 4   10/11/2020 at 21:54 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
I remember those.

They were sold in the US in the mid 1980ís as a Eureka Contour. Vac shops sold them as part of the higher end Eureka line up. They were quite nice.

Post# 433479 , Reply# 5   10/13/2020 at 18:11 by Rolls_rapide (-)        
Z1490, Z1495 'Airstream'

I think the general part would be described as: 'Motor Mount'.

Unfortunately, Electrolux seems to have blatantly disowned these older models, and the likes of Espares, Buyspares, Partmaster and Masterspares have very few parts available, mainly bags and filters, though Espares does have a motor cover.

And a few of the above spares sites don't even recognise these two model numbers.

No motor mounts for either of the above two models though.

And just as I was about to post the above, I decided to look for the 'Airclean' models, such as Z1530 - very similar with a few minor tweaks.

Electrolux has this model in its database. Part number 17 in the diagram, classed as 'Block, Suspension'. No longer available from Electrolux, but...

Ransomespares apparently has it in stock at £4.75

(The Ransomespares link won't work pasted here, see the dedicated URL further down).


Espares, at £14.99


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Post# 433540 , Reply# 6   10/14/2020 at 18:36 by Turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        

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Rubber Grommet

Well at that price it surely would make more sense to look locally on Facebook marketplace/eBay/ gumtree
Etc and search for Electrolux Airstream, Electrolux Contour, and buy a second hand machine to use for spares. This should come in at around £15. All parts are interchangeable between these models and youíd gain a spare motor plus other parts to use if needed.

Donít worry about motor wattage of individual models, it makes no difference.
An 800w motor will work just the same as 1000w or the 1200w they manufactured.

The only physical difference between the contours and airstream models was the airstream bag collar was a vertical () shape and the contour was the same shape but horizontal if that makes sense. Airstream took fabric bags and contours were paper hence the allergy filtration claims of the airstream.

Post# 433564 , Reply# 7   10/15/2020 at 07:44 by Rolls_rapide (-)        
There's good reason for buying a 'brand new' par

Rubber oxidises, cracks, perishes, wears out, loses its elasticity - probably more, so being in close proximity to heat from the motor.

If the original poster buys an old, used model, the motor mounts will probably be of the same condition, i.e. already on the way out.

If the motor mount is worn out, the motor will not sit square and true. The motor sits squint. The belt can then ride along the motor spindle, possibly falling off the end - but not so likely, as Electrolux had a tendency to weld a washer onto the end of the motor spindle to prevent that happening.

More likely, is the opposite to occur... the belt rides along the motor spindle towards the motor. The belt cuts through plastic, and possibly slicing through the rubber motor mount too. Usually, the soleplate also bears the scars of such an occurrence.

That happened to me, with a Dyson DC01.

A similar effect can also happened where the motor spindle wears down just through friction. For some reason Electrolux motor spindles seem to be made of a less robust metal.

That happened to a friend's parents' 500 Series, a customer's 500 Series machine, and me with an Electrolux 551. The belt moved toward the motor, cutting through plastic - and the soleplate - as it went. In my case, the Electrolux repair man replaced the motor with the type used on the 600 Series, with the bulge and end-washer.But it occurred again. The cleaner was quickly jettisoned.

Post# 433579 , Reply# 8   10/15/2020 at 17:31 by Turbomaster1984 (Ripley, Derbyshire)        
Well not

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To get on my high horse Rolls but....

Iíve collected the best part of 15 of these cleaners and not one has needed the rubber grommet replacing. In fact itís one of the very few parts to need replacing.

Each one has been stripped down and cleaned and I can assure you itís not a part that fails very often.

So yes. I refer back to my original post.

Post# 433580 , Reply# 9   10/15/2020 at 17:45 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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When you are dealing with 30-40 year old parts, the price will be high because of the age of them, and it has nothing to do with a company "disowning" them. It's just it is not possible anymore because it was too long ago. Ford doesn't still sell Model T parts at their dealerships right? Or maybe a Pinto?

$5 and $15 for a grommet is not expensive at all. It would cost more than that to have a rubber manufacturer replicate it. I paid $120 to import a used motor from Germany for my rare Miele Black Diamond canister vac after the original owner threw it out and butchered in some crap aftermarket motor. And I only paid $10 for this vacuum.

Post# 433615 , Reply# 10   10/16/2020 at 17:28 by lambytone (Newport)        

Thank you for the replies. I've not had a chance to check back until now. As stated by one of the replies the rubber has deteriorated and the belt kept coming off, also as stated it seems the model number doesn't exist when you search for it on some sites. I will order the cheaper part from ransomes and see what I get. Thank you again.

Post# 433635 , Reply# 11   10/16/2020 at 23:06 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Well, you could make one. Various types of rubber can actually be machined, you could talk to some machinists. The softer ones need to be cold to machine lol. Another possibility is to make a mold and cast it in silicone.

If I were you, I would simply improvise something. Perhaps cut the shape out of a reinforced rubber sheet. Unfortunately I don't really know what it's shaped like, so I can't make any further suggestions.

Post# 433736 , Reply# 12   10/18/2020 at 15:05 by Rolls_rapide (-)        
Contour & Airstream

Both of those machines used the same collar fitting... a vertical '0'-shaped hole.

The Contour used the paper bags, the Airstream used the polypropylene ones, although you could use the paper ones if desired. I think Electrolux latterly stopped supplying the polypropylene bags.

It was the Electrolux 'Glider' series which had the horizontal hole.

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