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Kenmore Model 116 PowerMate Jr stopped working

\015 Thee powermate jr no longer works with my vacuum. I opened it and the belt isn't broken though, imho, I think the belt is a bit loose. Can that be replaced? I love this vacuum and don't want a new one, and having two cats in the house this attachment is invaluable for keeping my furniture fur free.\015

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If the roller brush is not spinning freely once you remove it from the Power Mate Jr., then I have discovered the solution! There are end caps at each end of the roller brush. They seem to be permanently attached, but they are not. There is an axle inside the roller that is permanently attached to one of the caps. Take two pairs of pliers, and grab each end cap with a pair of pliers. Then pull hard to take them off. Once they are off, you will find that there is a big glob of hair wrapped around the axle inside. Remove the hair. Then reassemble the brush by putting the end caps back on. Make sure, when you put the caps back, that they are aligned so that they will fit back into the slots on the Power Mate Jr. You have to push hard to get the caps back on, maybe tapping one of them with pliers.
Mine was a combination of the Roller Brush not turning due to hair inside it as mentioned in the "best solution" above. This in turn,Ii believe overheated the motor and blew the thermal fuse mentioned in solution 3. I confirmed this by cutting the fuse out and connecting the two wires. The motor ran fine. You could leave it like this but would want to make sure you didn't do anything to overheat the motor. I bought the replacement fuse at Radio Shack along with some crimp connectors. The fuse cost $1.69. I recommend the crimp connectors if you have little experience soldering these type fuses. The heat from the soldering iron can ruin the fuse if not done properly. The origional fuse was also attached with crimp connectors.
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