Having problems with your iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuum ?

My Roomba 560 is making a clunking noise when it is on and it keeps stopping saying that I need to clean the brushes. I've thoroughly cleaned the brushes and I've cleaned lint from other small crevices but I'm still getting the error. Any suggestions?


Answers :

I'm having the same problem with my 560 after a day of use. For me, it's caused by the little yellow spacer that's clipped onto each side of the bristly brush. When the brush assembly is closed, it wedges rather tightly next to that yellow spacer on the left. This causes a lot of friction and heat, and mine's worn away quite a bit already.

My solution was to just unclip that spacer and leave it off. It's probably not an ideal long-term solution, because dirt and hair will be more likely to get into the drivetrain. But at least it works now.

Another thing that these roombas apparently suffer from is clogged up gears. If you aren't having the same problem as me, you could try the instructions here to clean the gears:

http://www.robotreviews.com/wiki/cleaning

Hope that helps!
In the case of my Roomba, this was caused by hair wrapped around the rod between the little yellow doohicky with the tab end and the rest of the brush. The brushes have the end with the square knob and the end with the complicated little yellow doohickey (I really have no better way to describe it). Unclip the doohickey by squeezing and pulling (you may have to try a couple different places until you get the right angle), then pull the hair off of the metal rod. Any **** in there can make the brushes jam, so clean them out regularly.

I wasn't cleaning them for the first couple weeks because I couldn't figure out how to get them off, and it caused this problem pretty quickly. (Older Roomba you matched tabs with notches and pulled it off, this one has a couple tiny tabs grasping the metal rod and you have to grab the outside of the doohickey in line with them and squeeze to pull it off).

From the iRobot help line,
1) Clean the brushes thoroughly including this area, then run and see if everything is OK. If so, just remember to clean them well and regularly.
2) Run the Roomba with no brushes, no cage, and no dustbin. If it still jams and misbehaves like this, the cleaning module is the problem, and you will either need to clean it out yourself or send it to them for repair.
3) Run the Roomba with just one brush (including cage and dustbin), and if that's OK, with just the other brush. Whichever brush is causing issues may need to be replaced because something is warped, or maybe you need to inspect it carefully for crud.
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