How to Replace the Drive Belt on the Bissell PowerForce Bagless Vacuum


One of the more affordable bagless vacuums on the market is the Bissell Powerforce Bagless Vacuum. Regular maintenance and care is an important part of keeping any vacuum running smoothly, and this bagless vacuum is no exception. One common issue that comes up with vacuums in general is a broken drive belt. Replacing the drive belt in the Bissell Powerforce requires only a screwdriver.

Things You'll Need

  • Bissell Style Replacement Belt (#32074)
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Unplug the vacuum before attempting any maintenance on it to avoid electric shock.

  • Place the vacuum handle in the low position and turn it over. The bottom side of the power foot should be facing up.

  • Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove the four screws on each side of the brush cover. Set the screws and brush cover aside.

  • Pull out the rotating floor brush by grabbing both ends and lifting it straight up. You'll notice that the drive belt (it looks like a big gray rubber band) is looped around one end of the floor brush and the other end is looped over a pulley inside the vacuum. Take the drive belt off the brush and the pulley and set it aside for now. If the drive belt is completely snapped in two, just grab it out.

  • Place the new drive belt over the motor pulley and also stretch it over the end of the floor brush.

  • Replace the floor brush by lining up the ends of the brush with the slots. Turn the brush a few times to get the tension right and force the belt to center itself on the brush.

  • Put the brush cover on with the four screws and press down on it to make sure the brush cover has also snapped into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • This is a good time to clean and check the rotating floor brush, since you already have the cover off and the brush in your hands.

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