How to Take Apart a Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner?

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How to Take Apart a Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner? (Step by Step Guide)

Remove dirt devil vacuum cleaner motor screws.

Use your screw driver to remove dirt devil vacuum cleaner cover side screws. Tighten the screws on the bottom of the vacuum, as well.


Remove dirt devil vacuum cleaner motor.

Remove the screws that secure the dirt devil vacuum cleaner motor to the motor housing. Hold the motor housing up with one hand and lift the motor out by pulling it with the other.


Remove dirt devil vacuum cleaner filter.

Remove the dirt devil vacuum cleaner dust hose. Use a second hose to pull out the dirt devil vacuum cleaner filter out if it is clogged with dirt. Brush the dirt devil vacuum cleaner filter clean.


Remove dirt devil vacuum cleaner belt.

Use a screwdriver to force the dirt devil vacuum cleaner side cover off. Clean the dirt devil vacuum cleaner saw plate by removing hair and threads with a soft brush. Use a screwdriver to fasten the dirt devil vacuum cleaner curve plate.

Step 1: Take Away External Battery

The first thing you must do is remove the plastic shell. For this, you can make a use of the screwdriver. After removing the top cover, pull out the large plastic wheel.

Be careful while doing this operation as the brush is attached to the wheel and is very delicate. If you try to remove the brush, you may face problems. So the best thing you can do is remove the big plastic wheel.

Step 2: Detach the Handle

The handle and wand of the vacuum cleaner are removable. The handle fastens to the vacuum cleaner with two socket-head bolts. The type of hardware holding the handle or wand to the vacuum is determined by the manufacturer. A socket wrench can be used to take off the handle.

The bolts holding the handle to the vacuum are located behind the wand shroud. The shroud releases by squeezing the magnets on either side of the shroud together. Use an Allen wrench, a socket wrench, or a screwdriver to take off the socket-head bolts holding the handle to the vacuum.

Set the handle aside and put the bolt and hardware into a plastic bag to keep parts together and prevent loss. Remove the shroud to access these screws.

There is a locating screw holding the wand to the vacuum at the top of the handle. This screw can be removed with a flat-blade screwdriver or a Philip screwdriver.

The wand can be detached from the motor shaft by releasing the attachement at the end of the wand. This might be accomplished with another screw or a push-button. Remove the wand from the shaft.

Step 3: Unscrew Two Sections

Once the lid of the cleaner is removed, you will notice the bottom of the canister is separated from the rest of the cleaner with a hinge. You will need to unscrew several screws to remove the canister. The photo above shows how to remove the bottom section of the canister. There are two areas you need to unscrew.

Once the screws are removed, you can slide the inner section of the canister out of the outer section. You can now see the basic parts of the vacuum cleaner including the bag, filter, brushroll and the spinning wheel.

Step 4: Release Canister and Clean It

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During the first use of your vacuum cleaner, the vacuuming capacity of the suction inlet does not correspond to its appearance, which can often be the result of fine dust or sand in the large inlet. Frequent use will help remove these impurities.

The next step if you need to clean the dirt cup in this vacuum is to remove the vacuum cleaner's debris container.

To do this, push the top of the container in the direction of the arrow. This enables you to then grasp the top of the debris container and pull it upwards to release it from its seating. When you have completed this, the container will be able to be pulled upwards from the unit.

You are now able to put your hand inside the container and remove the transparent safety antistatic film from the interior. Such a film can often be found within vacuums that are purchased new. This can help to prevent electrical contact with the metal bottom of the container.

After this is removed, you should be able to wash or replace the container itself, depending on your particular needs.

Step 5: Take Away Metal Plate

Remove the screws holding the metal plate on the underside of the vacuum.

Step 6: Take Off Brush Head

Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the metal ring on the side of the brush head. This also serves as a nut to hold the brush in place.

Now put your hand inside the vacuum cleaner and pull out the brush head.

Final Words

The key to successfully disassembling any device is not to force anything like a screw, but the best advice is to be gentle. If you are not 100% sure, you should always ask for professional help. Use protective gloves if you are removing any super sticky substance for your safety.

Many people are concerned about the toxic fumes coming from the vacuum cleaner, but for me it is not a big deal. Not only for my health or for the environment; it is because the part is still good for use and I am not disposing of it. The advantage of repairing the vacuum is I can back it out any time to repair it later.

About the Author: Zonathon Rayan

Geary, a member of the writing and publishing team at All-Tech-Recipes, has spent most of his young life on the Internet, learning and tinkering with computers. Once he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and graphic design, he started his career in network support and web development. His hobbies include taking things apart to see how they work, cooking, and drawing.