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Cleaning contact points
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Post# 441876   5/16/2021 at 15:47 by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        

Hi all, hope you are all safe.

How do you clean your vacuum cleaner connector prongs? In particular, I have a few on my Kenmore Progressive vacuums, that look corroded.

I am thinking that the wand located led lights are blinking because of the corrosion. Of course it could be something else.

Please let me/us know what you use.

Post# 441877 , Reply# 1   5/16/2021 at 15:54 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Rubbing with a pencil eraser may help.

Also I'd make sure the socket where the power cord plugs into the hose handle isn't loose. Sometimes the tabs break off that hold it in place, and this can cause arcing during use.

Sometimes the flexible cable in the telescopic wand can be a problem. I had one go bad and everything stopped working. I try not to adjust the wand too often as I think it can cause breakage in the cable.

Post# 441879 , Reply# 2   5/16/2021 at 17:01 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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ibaisaic uses this stuff. I never knew about it or tried it, but I guess it works. He uses it on all his vacs.

I use a more commercial brand personally that gets through tougher corrosion. It also helps if you have a mini Dremel with some polishing bits too.

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Post# 441887 , Reply# 3   5/16/2021 at 20:14 by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        

I think I can gain better access to some of the prongs by minor disassembly. I do have a can of electrical contact cleaner, I will try that and see how well the prongs and holes clean up.
Thanks to all who responded.

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