How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Pivot Assembly

May 28, 2019

How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Pivot Assembly

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 and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 


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


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.