How to Change the Belt on a Self-Propelled Hoover Windtunnel
As you are vacuuming, you hear that horrid squeal. Or worse, a snap. The belt on your self-propelled Hoover Windtunnel needs to be replaced. Rest easy, you do not need to shop for a replacement, as this is a relatively easy fix.
Replace the Belt
Unplug your vacuum. Spread newspaper on the floor where you are working, as dust may scatter as you remove parts. Lay your Hoover Windtunnel down flat on the paper with the front of the vacuum facing the floor.
Remove the plate from the vacuum's underside. You will see four screws or two clips that attach the plate to the vacuum. Set the parts aside. Different models use flat screws (one slot) or Phillips screws ("x"). Check and see which screws your vacuum uses.
Removing the plate will give you access to where the belts are running. Remove the old belt from large pulley, carefully noting how it threads around the unit. Replace it with the new belt. The lettering on the belt should face out.
Ease the new belt over the motor shaft. Place the other end of the belt over the large pulley closest to the front of the vacuum. Roll the pulley toward the front of the vacuum to firmly secure the new belt.
Put the vacuum back together. Replace the back plate with four screws (or lock clips) tightly.
- Hoover.com allows you to download service manuals. Put newspaper down or change your vacuum's belt outside in the garage. This will be a messy job. Double-check your model number before purchasing a belt. Slight changes in design mean that all belts will not fit all Hoover vacuums. Do other routine maintenance at the same time. Check the other belts and filters. Clean the rotary brush. You make have to use scissors to cut long hair strands off the brush.
- Unplug the vacuum before servicing it. Make sure all of the dust is out of the bag area before taking the vacuum apart. Dirt may fly everywhere if you do not.
Sherrie Voss Matthews is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, Texas. She has expertise as a writer/editor/researcher. She has edited multiple books and has written for Planning magazine, 417, and MomsLikeMe.