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How do i replace the fan on a riccar rsl3 vacuum cleaner?

Rsl3 model riccar vacuum - The fan/impeller has broken in pieces and I need to replace it. Should I also replace the fan housing and the belt at the same time?

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RICCAR SIMPLICITY SUPRALITE RSL MOTOR and FAN

Its looks the same as a Kirby its done with a nut on the axle on the armature of the motor.

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