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Kirby runs across floor on own and is hard to pull back

When I put my kirby in drive it literally drives itself, dragging me with it, across the room. Then, when I pull it back the head raises off the floor and it is super hard to pull back.

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Posted on Jul 16, 2007

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fwadley
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SOURCE: Kirby G6 drive mode

look under the vacume cleaner and take off the cover make, shure the belt is where it needs to be, you should have a setting on the vacume cleaner that gives you an addjustment for the carpet your on, raze it up.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007

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SOURCE: kirby g3 tech drive

so when u pull it back it's like it's not engaged at all? then it maybe the reverse is out....with the fwd soon to follow. remember the vac is 20yrs old; & working that long? it definately served it's purpose.
depending how much money you wanna spend on it buying a new or used trans. plus labor...or just an ebay used unit.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Kirby G5 rear wheels lock up completely when in "Drive"

When wheels lock when vacuum is OFF - it is normal. If it happens when Kirby is ON then there are a few things that may have gone wrong

Primary drive belt is broken or something is wrong with plastic gears. See how to check the primary drive belt HERE.

If it is fine and gears are spinning - then something must be wrong inside the transmission. Parts for tech drive are not available from manufacturer so you are on your own. It is not really complicated - 2 clutches that engage and disengage depending which direction you push the vacuum. But if something in there is broken - you have to get a new tranny. It is not like getting a transmission for a truck but it still will set you back by about 100 $.

Good Luck
Rocky

Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: g5 kirby's drive feature isn't working

the gears or the drive is probably worn down or is broken.take it into kirby and they can fix it for you.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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http://www.vacpartswarehouse.com/category-s/2821.htm


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I did not do this as I removed the the
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assembly back together. The pressed on arm that drives the cam
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