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Remove fan housing from oreck vacuum

How do you detach the fan housing from the actual vacuum motor? I can only see the bottom of the bolt that is connecting the two. Help!!!

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Justine, I assume you are talking about the nut in the middle of the fan blade as "the bottom of the bolt." That nut is a left handed thread nut that screws onto the motor shaft. The best way to get it off is to carefully hold onto the shaft at the other end of the motor with a pair of pliers and use a socket wrench on the nut. Left-handed means you turn it the opposite way from a normal bolt to loosen it. I would also suggest putting something like a piece of leather or fabric around the shaft before grabbing with the pliers so that you do not damage the shaft and tear up your belt. The fan housing is held on by pressure and you can use two large flat blade screwdrivers on opposite sides to pry off the housing. Hope this helps.

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    justine Sep 08, 2014

    I appreciate everyone's help! after applying some oil to loosen the housing it slid right off. The embarrassing part of this fix was there was so much grime and dirt around the bolt I was unable to see nut to twist off. :/


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First off take the bolt of the fan, that will allow the fan to come off of the motor alowing the fand cover to come off it takes some effort but it will come off. Best of luck, sincerely daxter.

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