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No suction in hose

The motor works great and has has lots of suction at the filter and pulls filter tight against machine but with a new bag there is no suction in the hose

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There is most likely something stuck in the hose.

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SOURCE: Lost suction after I changed the bag and cleaned the air filter

The bag has a cardboard collar with latex. It must seal over the inlet. Make sure not to tear the bag when replacing.

Is the cover closing properly? The cover seals against a gasket. The same with the filter.

Posted on May 21, 2009

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