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Model 116 Kenmore vacuum cleaner. 20+ years old,

\015 Model 116 Kenmore vacuum cleaner. 20+ years old, but in pretty good shape. Very little suction over the last year. Cleaned the filter inside the canister, and no blockage anywhere else I can find. Need to take it apart (what have I got to lose?), to see if there's build-up inside, but can't seem to figure out how to get it apart. Help!\015

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\015\012I believe that this is probably a Kenmore Canister vacuum cleaner, but I can't be positive. The model number 116 is just the first part, and all Sears vacuum cleaners start with model 116. There is a . after the 116 that will identify the vacuum. If you'd like me to be more model specific, or if this is an upright vacuum, please just request a clarification and I can take pictures even for you.
\015\012If this is a canister style vacuum, then you'll need to remove the foot pedal that rewinds the cord reel. There are 2 or 3 (depending on which model you have) hidden screws underneath of this pedal. You may simply pry off the pedal using a flat head screw driver. Also when you have the bag door open, you may just pull forward while it's open, and this will remove the bag door housing. There should be two screws in the front of the motor housing that need to be removed as well.
\015\012My guess from the age of the vacuum that's probably the motor that's gone. If this is the case, you probably can still get a motor if you'd like to just replace the motor inside, rather then buying a new vacuum. Typical Sears Kenmore canister motors sell for 79-120 dollars.
\015\012Again, I'd be happy to try and help you further, I will just need the entire model number after the 116. to know which vacuum you have.
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\015\012Chris J.
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