Some do it yourself you could attempt!

KENMORE -Front Wheel repair

If you went to Sears for an estimate on repairing the cracked housing (at the front wheel) and they said  “YOU NEED A NEW BODY, that will be $95.00 in parts and $69.95 labor, better buy a new vacuum.

-This crack will result in almost

-Before you start, try to pry the housings back into line. Spend some extra time here as it will make a better looking job.

-Buy a 3×7″ nail plate.

-Put it in a vise and bend it at the hole lines as shown.
-If you want to be creative, bend the edges down slightly to eliminate any sharp edges cutting into the filter bag especially at the 2 upper corners.

-Silicon (not hot glue) around the crack inside.

-Position the plate over the wheel, drill 4 x1/8″ holes through the housing as shown.


-You will need at least 3/4″ rivits for the rear and the same or 1/2″ for the front. Aluminium is better as it won’t distort the plate .

-Do not drill into the plat above the wheel or it won’t swivel.
-Pop rivit, from the inside, using backing washers on the underside.

This is not only cheaper it is now un-breakable.

Kenmore/Panasonic cord rewinder/cord change

When Sears tells you that you have to pay $40-$60.00 for a new rewinder, tell them that is grea,t as now you can do it yourself!
Most of the ken/pan vacs we see needing a new cord are similar to this older one.

-You have to purchase a 20′ “cord reel cord”. $12-$14.00 usually.
-A normal cord is too stiff and un-flexable to use on a winder spool.

-With the rewinder out of the machine heat up the center white nylon post untill slightly soft.
-Bend the metal frame up to allow access.
-Pry up the contact ring hub until it comes away from the post.

-Feed the new cord through the release pedal and then into the reel body.
-Re-solder the wh/bk wires to the copper tabs.
-Wind the cord fully on to the reel.
-Carefully re-heat the center hub slightly to allow the contact plate to “snap” back into place.
-Rotate the contact plate clockwise 6 extra turns.
-When you are satisfied everything is OK snap the metal frame back into place.
Thats it, you’ve saved some money!!

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