How to Replace the Electrical Cord on a Hoover Self-Propelled WindTunnel

Written by james clark
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Hoover manufactures upright canister and bagless vacuum cleaners under the WindTunnel product line. Self-propelled models use a drive belt connected from the motor to the front wheels, so you merely need to steer the vacuum where you want it to go. Because it is self-propelled, the vacuum may run over its own power cord accidentally, damaging the internal wires. If this happens, or some other mishap occurs, you can order a replacement power cord and install it yourself in less than an hour using basic tools.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Unplug the WindTunnel power cord from the electrical socket and take out the vacuum tool attachments from the slots on the side of the Hoover.

  2. 2

    Extract the screws where the power cord enters the vacuum through the back of the handle. Set aside the screws and handle.

  3. 3

    Remove the screws on the metal backplate below the handle and set aside the backplate, which allows access to the inside of the Hoover.

  4. 4

    Loosen the two screws that connect the two wires from the power cord to the vacuum motor. Note the connection of the white wire and the black wire to their respective terminals. Pull out the old cord through the hole in the backplate and the handle.

  5. 5

    Push the tip of the new cord through the handle and the hole in the backplate before tying a simple loop knot near the end of the cord. The knot secures the power cord inside the vacuum in case someone steps on the cord or suddenly pulls it.

  6. 6

    Cut 1 inch of insulation off the end of the two wires.

  7. 7

    Wrap the black wire around its terminal on the motor and tighten the screw. Wrap the white wire around the other motor terminal and secure with the screw.

  8. 8

    Fasten the backplate to the WindTunnel with screws, pulling on the cord to remove slack inside the motor housing.

  9. 9

    Connect the handle to the vacuum using the screws you saved in Step 2.

Tips and warnings

  • You can order a replacement cord for your particular WindTunnel model from Hoover's website (see Resources) or by calling the company's customer service centre at 800-944-9200.

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