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How to Change a Kenmore Whispertone Vacuum Belt

The Kenmore Whispertone is part of the Powermate line of vacuum cleaners. The Whispertone is a bagged canister vacuum. As with any other vacuum, the power head on the Whispertone uses a belt to operate the beater brush. Changing a Kenmore Whispertone vacuum belt requires disassembling the vacuum power head. Replacement belts are available at Sears and other Kenmore authorized dealers. It is a good idea to clean the inside of the power head while you have it apart.


Remove Belt

Change a Kenmore Whispertone Vacuum Belt
  1. Unplug the Kenmore Whispertone vacuum power cord from the wall outlet. Disconnect the power head wand from the power head. Raise the wand to the full upright position, press on the rear release pedal with your foot and pull the wand out of the power head.
  2. Press in on both ends of the light cover on the top of the power head and pull the cover away from the vacuum. Push the bulb inward and turn it counterclockwise to remove it from the power head.
  3. Remove the four cover screws on the top of the power head with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Turn the power head over so the beater brush is facing you. Insert a flat-head screwdriver into the side tabs where the cover connects to the bottom. Pry the tabs away from the bottom of the vacuum.
  4. Turn the power head right-side up and press the wand release pedal. Lower the swivel where the wand inserts and raise the rear of the top cover forward. Slide the front of the top cover off the front edge tabs of the power head. Set the cover out of your way.
  5. Insert the flat-head screwdriver between the end beater brush support and the inside of the power head. Gently pry the supports off the ends of the beater brush. The brush supports resemble two half-moons that cover the top of each end. Grab the beater brush with your fingers and pull it completely away from the belt and the power head. Slide the belt off the motor pulley.

Install Belt

  1. Place the new belt around the motor pulley and slide the beater brush into the other end. The belt travels along a groove on the beater brush. Line the belt across the groove.
  2. Insert the beater brush into the power head and push the supports over each end until they snap into place.
  3. Line up the slots on the front edge of the cover with the tabs on the front of the power head. Slide the front of the cover into place and lower it over the power head. Press down until the locking tabs click in place.
  4. Insert the retaining screws into the top of the cover and tighten with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Install the light bulb and press the light cover back into position.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Belt part No. 20-5285

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.

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