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Dyson dc 07 needs repair
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Post# 451828   4/20/2022 at 20:45 (681 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        

Makes a horrible grinding sound when switches to carpet and it tries to drive the brush. Does this mean the clutch has gone bad or is there just something stuck? The dust bin handle and release also is broken and held in with a bungee cord and has a hole in one of the cyclones I can patch with duct tape. If the clutch is bad Iíll just chuck it. That would mean it would need $100 of parts and my niece uses it and donít know what they heck they do over there but the poor thing appears to have been beat up somehow. It was a trash find that needed a hose and I put that into it for $15 so at this point it doesnít owe anyone anything and I can keep the hose.

Let me know if you all can confirm if the clutch is shot.


Post# 451834 , Reply# 1   4/21/2022 at 00:11 (681 days old) by Mieles5380leo (Virginia)        

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The clutch is the cause of the grinding and itís likely something is jammed in it. The fact the bin is falling apart and Iím sure the plastics are brittle I would move on. These are old and not even that good of machines. Nostalgia is the only thing giving them value to anyone at this point.

Post# 451856 , Reply# 2   4/22/2022 at 05:28 (679 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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You can't fix a hole in the cyclone with duct tape. At best I would use foil HVAC tape.

Anyone with a Dyson DC07 (including me) - the best tool in your toolbox will be a plastic welding kit.

This is my poor DC07 I bought in 2018 that the idiot seller only used a single sheet of packing paper to protect it and it shattered in shipping.

Sir James didn't care to use a protectant and stabilizer in the plastic when it was made so the plastic is decaying chemically and becoming akin to a Saturn SL-Series car and any slight movement they break apart. You have to be very delicate with it.

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Post# 451873 , Reply# 3   4/22/2022 at 12:26 (679 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        

Iíll chuck it at this point. Not a fan of taping gluing welding other repairsÖI know those wonít last. I never really liked how cumbersome it is to convert to attachment mode anyway having to slide the hose off and flip the wand over and reattach it. Kinda dumb and Mr. Dyson could have really found a better way. Iíll keep the attachments and the hose I bought before I gave it to her as those are still in good condition. Frankly im embarrassed to put it in my bulk trash in front of my house for fear of ďwhat the neighbors may thinkĒ but whatever. Iíll cut the cord off an Lís keep it and add a female end so Iíll have a nice long replacement vacuum cord or an extension cord for one of my Electroluxís.

Also seems like getting to that clutch is going to be a giant project too to see if something is broke. Or jammed in it. It seems to be grinding as if the switch isnít moving the gear properly in place as the brush sorta wants to the. A tiny bit while the grinding is going on.

I was pleased to see though how little dust was in the washable filter. I know she likely didnít clean it ever and it had only been washed by me upon giving it to her but then again I have no idea how long the hole in the cyclone has been there but I found the piece also in the garage on the floor so maybe that happened after the clutch problem started.

Iím sure the kids did ďsomethingĒ with it. She never puts the vac away and has very few toys and they are allowed to run amok. Iím sure they thought that rocket like looking bin and the sabre like wand proved awfully inviting for a toy since the vac is never in the closet and the one boy seems to really go nuts in a split second whipping and throwing stuff in what is a no more than an overzealous playful frenzy. When Iíve been there Iíve had to yell ďstop that youíre gonna put an eye out with thatĒ repeatedly and I hardly ever see them! Lol!

I refuse to provide her with an ElectroluxÖcanít watch that be beaten to death since I see they are tearing the house apart in other ways! Someone went for a ride on the bannister and ripped that apart and there are now holes in the walls from other ďincidentsĒ which go ďunexplainedĒ. Iím not fixing their broken stuff. They can just live with it torn up. The house is mine and Iím no doubt disgusted.


Post# 451880 , Reply# 4   4/22/2022 at 14:15 (679 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        
As a former DC07 owner...

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Replacing the clutch can be a giant project indeed, but watching a YouTube video makes the process fairly straightforward. The hardest part is getting the brushbar back in. The original clutch on my (mom's) DC07 Animal somehow broke 4 years ago when I turned it back to "carpet" after cleaning the brushbar. I assume that a gear inside of it became dislodged due to age. She bought a new clutch, along with a HEPA filter, and with the help of a video and her then-fiancť, replaced the clutch successfully. However, when reassembling the machine, she didn't reattach the internal hose properly, so the vacuum wouldn't make a proper seal to the carpet. I didn't find that out until nearly a year later, when I gave her a new vacuum in exchange for the Dyson.

Yes, the wand can be cumbersome, but I got used to it over time. As a result of having to pull on the hose to extend the wand, the hose ripped open near the cuff, so I had to buy a new one off eBay a year and a half ago. I also bought a new washable filter, as the original one got so worn out and dingy after repeated washings.

My DC07 Animal was a real warrior, holding up extremely well over the years (no broken plastic whatsoever); my family maintained it well, up until my dad sold it 6 months ago. In a way, I'm glad he got rid of it, as I wasn't fond of the performance on carpet, not to mention that the machine smelled after being used for a while.

Post# 451887 , Reply# 5   4/22/2022 at 15:12 (679 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"getting the brushbar back in"

There is a special 2 piece tool for this but even with it I hope to never do another.

Post# 452169 , Reply# 6   4/29/2022 at 09:51 (672 days old) by Jo (Dallas,TX)        
Well itís gone

Seeing that the expense of $100 of parts to fix the vac would be ridiculous and Iím always finding others that need much less in parts or can get some without having to spend for partsÖI decided to ďcut the cordĒ off and keep the hose and attachments and let the rest go to the trash and they came and collected it. No one took it despite it being out on my curb for several days!!

I guess I could have tried to save the motor but I just didnít want to deal with a project and donít have much use for the motor anyway.

It was interesting to see what one of these was all about and is not a vac I would ever purchase after experiencing this one. But I will say I was impressed with how well it kept the filter from clogging.


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