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Can't open Cannister Vacuum to get to motor

\015 Hi, I have a kenmore 116 20712007 canister vacuum cleaner. The motor fried last week and I just got a replacement motor. I cannot for the life of me open up the canister. I took off the two screws under the hood, but there appears to be two screws under the bottom by the wheels holding the top and bottom together. The screws are in two deep, thin holes and I called Sears parts who said the screws are flat heads. I just went out and bought two thin flatheads and cant find the groove. any suggestions before the unit goes out the front window?\015\012\015\012Thanks in advance, Mike\015

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Pop the cover that operates the cord return you will find two phillips head screws under it; take them out and the covers comes right off.
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