Having problems with your Oreck XL Ultra Bagged Upright Vacuum ?

I have an older Oreck XL that has worked great. The belt recently broke and I reinstalled a new one but now there's a rattling noise like something is loose and a burning smell. I've cleaned it as well as I could but still nothing. Help please!

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When you turn it on, is the brush roll spinning? (Check carefully, as lifting the unit from the floor exposes a brushroll that should be spinning at a high RPM.)
\015\012Did you get the brush roll properly seated in the slots? Does the brush roll spin freely when the unit is off and unplugged?
\015\012The burning smell sounds like the belt is burning, meaning the motor is spinning, but the belt is not moving. This would uaually indicate the belt is not properly on the brush roll or the brushroll is not free to spin. (NOTE: A new brushroll will smell for a few minutes as it burns in, but the smell should be different than the acrid smell of burning rubber.)
\015\012As an older unit, I assume this is before the side door to change the belt was incorporated into the top cover. As such, replacing the belt by removing the base plate was more difficult, and the baseplate and rubber bumper around the unit can be hard to align and re-install.
Sounds like a bad bearing on roller brush. Most shops give free estimates. Give one a try.
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