How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Pivot Assembly


Is the transmission on your Kirby vacuum not engaging at the right time? Is your pivot broken, or is your handle not staying up like it’s supposed to? Then this is the video for you! We go over how to replace and properly adjust the pivot assembly on all G models of Kirby Vacuums.

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

Supplies

  • Pivot assembly
  • Torx bit driver
  • T15 torx bit
  • T20 torx bit
  • T25 torx bit


Instructions

First, disassemble your Kirby vacuum.

 



Once disassembled, you need to get the black cover off the back. Use the T15 bit and remove the screw for the cord holder. As you’re removing the screws set them in a safe location and remember which ones go where.

 

To remove the screw by the on/off button you need to switch to a T20. Remove the black cover and set aside.

 

Now, moving to the front of your Kirby vacuum, lift the lid. There are two screws holding on the main body cover. Use the T20 bit to remove them.

 

Move back around to the back and, using the same bit, remove the two screws that are holding on the main body cover.

 

Once the cover is removed there are two T25 screws holding in the pivot assembly. This is a great opportunity to tighten the screws if needed, or replace the pivot assembly.

 

On the back left side there is a little slot that has a tooth in it. Take that out and just like that, you can take your pivot assembly out.

 

Once you have the old pivot assembly out you can replace it with the new one.
Slide the new pivot assembly in, remembering that there is the slot that the tooth needs to go in.

This is important! As you’re putting it on, there are holes that you need to center directly above the screw holes. If it is too far forward or back it won’t allow the transmission to engage properly. We recommend just hand tightening the screws and then finishing with the T25.

 

Now, reinstall the main body cover. Switch out your torque bit with the T20 and replace the four screws that hold the cover in place.

 

Slide the black cover back into place over the cord holder. There is a slot for it to slide into. The screw to hold the cord holder in place is the smaller black T15 screw.

 

Finally, replace the larger black T20 screw at the bottom. Congratulations! You’re done.


This video can be used to replace, adjust, or tighten your pivot assembly.

If you need to purchase a pivot assembly click here.

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos.

 

How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Pivot Assembly

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Rainbow Vacuum Hose Falling Off?

One question that we get quite a bit is “Why does my hose keep coming off of my Rainbow E series vacuum cleaner?” To answer this, here’s a video with a few helpful tips and tricks on how to ensure that the hose is connected correctly and how to keep it connected correctly while you’re using your vacuum!


Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 


Instructions

Remove the hose and take a look at the end that connects to the vacuum. You will see two metal prongs - if there is anything blocking the prongs, or if they’re bent, it will cause a bad connection and he vacuum light will probably turn on.

 

The two grey tabs you see on the hose actually secure it to the vacuum cleaner, so if either of the tabs are broken or damaged that could also cause a bad connection and cause the light to turn on as well.

 

When you plug in the hose, you’ll want to lift up the little flap and that opens the electrical port.

 

Insert the hose and firmly press it into place. You should see both grey tabs lock into place and you will probably hear it as well. You can try applying firm pressure to both sides alternately to make sure the latches engage.

 

Another thing to check are the two slots on the vacuum. If these are damaged or broken that could be part of the problem. If they are broken send us an email at service@greatvacs.com, including pictures if possible, and we can help you get it fixed!

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt many Rainbow vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos.

 

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Replacing the Rainbow Tool Hose Wand

Has your Rainbow tool hose wand seen better days? Is it looking a little beat up? Well you're in luck, in this video we're going to show you how easy it is to replace the wand on your Rainbow tool hose. 

This process will work from Rainbow D4 models all the way up to the E Series E2 2 Speed Blue model.


Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

Supplies


Instructions

Take your tool hose and firmly grasp the tool wand. Simple pull the tool wand out.

 

If it is stuck and won’t come out, that’s where the heat gun will come in handy. Heat the rubber part up for 10-15 seconds to loosen it up.

 

Once the old tool want is out, grab your new one and simply insert it into the tool hose!

 

Need a new tool hose wand? Check out the links below!

D4 SE and PN2

E series and E2

 

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt many Rainbow vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos.

 

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My Hose is Stuck and Won’t Come Off!

Nothing's more annoying than a stuck Rainbow hose. Well, in this quick video we'll show you how easy it is to fix your hose and keep it from ever getting stuck again.

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

Supplies

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers

Instructions 

If your hose is stuck, you can take your flat head screwdriver and locate the release tab between the neck of the water bowl and the rubber push button.

 

Once you’ve located the tab, press down with your screwdriver. Pull the hose out toward as you’re pushing down and it should release.

 

The main reason why your hose is stuck is because of the little hook on the tab. This hook goes on the inside of the water bowl to keep the hose secure. If it’s not at the right angle it’s not allowing the release tab to be pressed down all the way.

 

To fix this, take your needle nose pliers and bend the hook out slightly. Be very gentle when bending, because if you break the tab off you will have to get a whole new hose! Try bending the hook a tiny bit and testing to see if it comes out properly.

 

Repeat until the rubber push button is enough to release the hose.

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt many Rainbow vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos.

 

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