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If this is a sweeper model with a rotating brush, remove the brush assembly. Clean and oil (3-1oil or similar) the bearings on the ends of the brush. They are usually full of string, hair, and thread which binds the brush. Check the belt for burn spots or other damage. Hope this helps!
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What is causing a slight burning rubber smell when running the vacuum?


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