Having problems with your Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum ?

I have a Kirby G5 and need to replace the gear drive shaft, as the lever inside fell off and the shaft came out. (Common problem by the sound of it.) How do i remove the actual gearbox itself. I have removed the 3 screws on the bottom, but it's not coming out. What's stopping it from coming out? Do i need to remove the gearbox drive belt first? If so, how do i get to it? Thanks in advance.


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I have never touched a Kirby vacuum\015\012before and my wife had the same issue. The neutral/drive pedal just fell\015\012out so I figured I would give it a shot to see if I could fix it and\015\012quickly figured out the 3 screws in the bottom plate for the drive\015\012unit wasn't the answer. \015\012
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I was able to figure things out out after I found\015\012a parts list with diagrams at the follow web site and address:
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Vac Parts Warehouse.com
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http://www.vacpartswarehouse.com/category-s/2821.htm
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The two parts involved are:
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13. Bracket Cam Assembly Neutral Drive\015\012Pedal 557689A
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16. Kirby Pedal Cam For Neutral Drive\015\012G6 558499A
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Here's how to get to a point that you\015\012can get these two parts in/out of the machine.
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- Remove bag and fill tube from handle\015\012and main unit
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- Remove floor nozzle assembly
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- Remove the handle via the two screws\015\012at the handle fork plate (these have loctite on them so needed a\015\012socket wrench with torex bits to get them out).
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- Remove the plastic rear scuff plate\015\012vie the screw with the power cord anchor and screw by the Pedal Cam\015\012For Neutral Drive. Note release plastic tab in slot in the center and\015\012lift from the back and then over the base where the handle attaches.
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I did not do this as I removed the the\015\012power drive assembly so I could figure out how to put the dive\015\012assembly back together. The pressed on arm that drives the cam\015\012assembly had pulled of the pedal shaft so this also made it easier to\015\012fish out the parts and experiment on positioning the arm in the right spot . I found the arm and a spring washer inside. \015\012
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I assume at this point you could\015\012loosen the screw (don't remove it, it's the only one with a star\015\012lock washer on it) on the bottom plate that attaches the Bracket Cam\015\012Assembly and slide the Pedal Cam out and a new one in if you can\015\012get the part and replace it. The part was 16. Kirby Pedal Cam For\015\012Neutral Drive G6 558499A at Vac Parts Warehouse.com. The one listed\015\012on the website said it was for a G6 even though the parts listing is\015\012for a G5 so I don't know....
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To continue to disassemble and take\015\012the power drive assembly out:
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- Remove the 4 screws from the Cover\015\012Shell assembly - the metal top part. You do not need to remove the\015\012hinged Headlight Cap that is attached to it.
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- Remove the 4 screw from the bracket\015\012assembly that has the handle attachment and forward/reverse switch.\015\012It attached by two wires. I only disconnect one and swung it to the\015\012side.
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- Snap off the the on/off switch and\015\012disconnect from the Actuating Rod Foot Pedal to Power Switch.
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- Remove the 3 screw from the bottom\015\012plate of the power drive assembly.
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- Remove the drive belt.
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- The power drive assembly will now\015\012drop out the bottom.
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I just put the spring washer and arm\015\012back on the shaft and reassembled. I'll see how long that lasts\015\012before before buying the new part. \015\012
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Have fun.

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