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 How to change a belt on a Riccar upright vacuum cleaner

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How to Replace a belt on a Riccar vacuum & work less!

“I am so S M R T!”- Homer Simpson

Well my cartoon friend, not only am I – S M R T ER, but I also look better in tighty whites! Don’t worry I spare you from the actual image and let you ponder that mental image…

Here’s why I claim to be smarter- there’s an old saying that goes, “a man who works a hundred years his hardest each day will never be old or broke”. Well I’ve got my own saying, “a man who appears to work and perfects slacking, will never grow tired of working his job!” – Justin.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to a kid who is in the world of vacuums… a celebrity. As a self proclaimed vacuum celebrity, he is the Matt Damon to my Brad Pittness in the vacuum world (except Brad has a 6 pack and I have a keg as a belly). Anyhow, Kyle Krichbaum has appeared on Jay Leno, The History channel and many more shows and television stations, but now he’s crossed over onto something even BIGGER… The GoVacuum Youtube Channel!

So what does a full time slacker do? He gets Kyle “The Vacuum Kid” Krichbaum to do his Youtube video for him! That’s right, Kyle is now creating how to & vacuum repair videos for GoVacuum.com! Thus enabling me to do what I do best… sleep!

So here’s Kyles first vacuum repair video for a Riccar 8905 vacuum cleaner. Expect to see more videos by Kyle and I’m even trying to pawn this blogging thing over to him, so this whole “work” thing won’t bother me during weekdays!

SEE IMAGES BELOW DIRECTIONS

1. Gather your materials. All you’ll need is an ordinary Phillips Head Screwdriver and a replacement belt. The belt part number for the Riccar 8905 is ricc113, and you can get one at a great low price at GoVacuum.com.

2. Turn the vacuum over with the front against the floor. You should be able to see the brusher bar in this position.

3. Locate the two small screws that hold the bottom plate of the vacuum in place. Once you’ve found them, use your screwdriver to remove them by turning the tool to the left.

4. Remove the plate.

5. You can locate the belt on its track on the left-hand side of the vacuum. There is a black door that partially obstructs your view of the belt. Grasp the door and swing it upwards to reveal the entire part.

6. Reach into the back of the vacuum and remove the belt from the motor pulley.

7. Remove the silver divider that is on the left-hand side of the brush roll. Put this aside somewhere safe, as you will need to reinstall it later.

8. Grasp the brush roller and pull it out of the vacuum.

9. Although it’s not mandatory, you can use this time as an opportunity to clean the area beneath the brush roller. Just use a damp cloth to wipe down the entire area.

10. Place one end of the new belt around the motor pulley at the back of the vacuum.

11. Put the brush roll through the belt. You’ll want the belt to rest inside of the black track on the left-hand side of the brush roll.

12. Get behind the vacuum and grasp the brush roll. Put equal pressure on both ends and push it back into place. You will feel resistance from the belt, but don’t worry–this is normal. It does not mean the belt will break.

13. Return to the front of the vacuum and replace the metal divider.

14. Close the black door that covers the belt.

15. Put the pla
te back in place on the vacuum. Be sure to tuck the blue pieces inside. They should not be visible from the outside of the vacuum.

16. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screws, turning the tool to the right.

17. Celebrate! Your Riccar 8905 has a brand new belt. Give yourself a pat on the back and vacuum something!

NOTE: This video, images and guide is for the Riccar 8900 series without the clutch AKA floor/Rug Selector. If you have a Riccar model with the clutch such as the 8955 or 8850, you need to also connect the clutch bar and make sure your roller tabs are placed in the roller housing correctly.

DISCLAIMER: This video is for informational purposes only. We disclaim any injury you or your machine may endure during the repair process.

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