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Ok, my kirby just stopped working. I had someone helping with my vacuuming, so maybe they ran over the cord or something. I can see a recent scuff mark on the cord.??? Also last time I pulled the front part off (unlocking the belt etc..) I noticed that the metal thing that pokes out had a 'cloth type' covering on the end of it, i presumed that it was there to protect the belt when being driven??? However when checking the vacuum for possible reasons to why it had just stopped working, I now notice the the 'cloth' protection thing on the end of the metal rod is now not there???? Can you please enlighten me to both mistries. thanks

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When was your Kirby made? If you have an older Kirby, inside where the motor lies is a single or double magnet with a spring coil attached to it. Within that coil is a filament wire held together with a shiny disk at other end. This filament does go bad from time to time and needs to be replaced. This usually is not a do it yourself job. If you can find the proper filament, you might but usually there are several types and sizes, let your local distributor change it for you.

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Here is a link to the help you need,,,

http://reviews.ebay.com/CHANGING-THE-BELT-ON-A-KIRBY-G3-G4-G5-GSIX-ULTIMATE-G_W0QQugidZ10000000003720039

The G5 manual is out of print, but the G6 and Ultimate G models are exactly the same and wil work perfectly for your questions.
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SOURCE: Kirby Belt Lifter Assembly

I have tried to get a parts breakdown for your vacuum cleaner with no success. The way that then washers should go is the flat smotth metal washer on the inside followed by the fibre washer and the wavy washer on the outside. The waves are used to bite into the plastic so it cannot work loose.

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SOURCE: Kirby G5 Vacuum power switch problems

try this online guide to replacing the powerswitch..

Hope this helps

http://reviews.ebay.com/REPLACING-THE-POWER-SWITCH-ON-ANY-KIRBY-G-SERIES-VACUUM_W0QQugidZ10000000003752018

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

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Ha.. Im so stupid! The vacuum was in drive causing the wheels to turn when moving backwards thus leaving scuff marks
(from the rubber wheels) on the hardwood. Place the Vacuum in Neutral and turn the belt off and Voila, No more scuff marks! Thanks for all the suggestions!!! You all are GREAT!!!

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SOURCE: KIRBY ISSUES! :(

sounds about right you should change that type of belt every six months to a year regardless if its broken or not. one other thing you should do is make sure the brush roll itself isn't bound up it should spin freely if not you can pull the plastic ends off the roller to clean any hair or thread out .

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