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I cannot remove a broken fan from a hoover upright vacuum. i have the machine diassembled, but cannot remove the fan from the shaft.


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  • It's a reverse thread on Upright convertibles - loosens going clockwise. This is a great vacuum and worth repairing.
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  • My Hoover's spindle was really corroded and the smooth round pulley nut does not have wrench sides and must have needed like 50-100 ft lbs. not inch lbs. Hold the fan and turn the nut where the belt goes. If the impeller is broken from your failed attempts of holding it and turning the smooth pulley nut, it's ok, you can more easily get a grip on the impeller chunky broken area at the shaft level with the large 1 foot tongue and groove Channellock pliers (if the broken fan blade still has some meat covering the spindle, there will be no damage to the spindle this way) then a "14 pipe wrench clockwise on the pulley nut while tightly gripping the Channellocks will take it right off. File or lightly grind or sandpaper the marred pulley nut so it doesn't wear on the belt (there will be little teeth marks on the edge no big deal to smooth) - Put the pulley nut back on with automotive thread anti-seaze. The Hoover convertible vacuum may outlive you and the next person only has to figure out the reverse threads and won't have to fight the corroded threads.
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Sometime you have to take the motor apart and hold the armeture but you have to be careful not to damage it or if you have a good impact it will come loose with that
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