How To Open Vacuum Cleaner Motor

Vacuum cleaners are incredibly useful and sophisticated gadgets found in our homes, workplaces, and elsewhere. It’s quite astonishing to realize that our vacuum cleaners could be the appliances harboring the most grime in our surroundings. However, with just a bit of upkeep and attention, their performance could significantly improve. A well-maintained vacuum cleaner can perform marvelously and have an extended lifespan. Today, we’ll delve into the topic of vacuum cleaner motors.

How To Maintain Your Vacuum Cleaner

Before doing any maintenance to your vacuum, read the instructions carefully. You will get to know how to replace the filters, clean them, detach the motor, and do other useful things.

There is always a situation where you will find yourself confused on how to open a vacuum cleaner motor or disassemble it correctly and as quickly as anything if you are a newbie. But once you master the skill it will be quite simple. You will be surprised to know that only a small nut holds up the whole engine.

There are many ways to open a vacuum cleaner motor. But we have got the simplest yet quickest option for you guys.

Tools To Disassemble The Motor

  • Screwdriver
  • Pilers
  • Socket wrench
  • Bench vise
  • Hacksaw
  • Round file


Step 1:

First thing first, remove the filters, get rid of the handles. Take out the switch assembly without disturbing the connector. Prepare the engine and unscrew the nut. Unscrew the brushes on the rear area of the motor and remove the casing that covers the impellers installed in the front. It would be easier if you just remove the neighboring motherboard.

Be gentle when you remove the parts of the vacuum cleaner as they are very little and fragile. Keep in mind where to place them, especially the screws.

Step 2:

In some motors the casing is too tight to remove, you need to bend the edges with pliers. Do this around the entire circumference and then using a screwdriver, you can pick up the casing and remove it from the engine. Now that you have released the vacuum pump from the cabinet, detach the motor from the vacuum.

Step 3:

To unscrew the nut with the screwdriver you need to properly lock the rotor. This should be done carefully so that the winding and armature are left undamaged. Tighten the nuts on both sides of the body through the holes through which the brushes are inserted.

Step 4:

Now it is very easy to insert tiny locks of wood through these holes. As soon as you have inserted the bars, use a bench vise to press them tightly as possible directly to the anchor.

Step 5:

To fix the nut, the bars should be of perfect size. It needs to be adjusted accordingly to which holes in the engine of your vacuum cleaner. It should easily fit in the holes of the brushes as well as run into the anchor. The bars should also have a certain margin and should be a bit out so that they can behold.

Step 6:

Now the bars should be fully fixed, insert them into the holes of the electric motor. Sawed ends should be on the inside. Gently press them with a bench wise directly to the anchor. It will help to fix the anchor and will not move while you unscrew the other nuts on the other end of the motor.

Step 7:

The electric motor is now locked, using a wrench with a suitable end cap. You can now easily unscrew the nuts.

Step 8:

As soon as the nuts are removed, the other parts that hold up the motor can easily be removed without any hassle. Just use a simple screwdriver to open the nuts. The electric-type motor is now disassembled.

Step 9:

It is a good time to clean the dirt and residue on the inside of the stator. So that the vacuum cleaner can work at its best and operate to its optimum performance.

A Little More About Vacuum Cleaner Motors

  • Now that you have opened the vacuum cleaner motor, you can also change the brushes inside it. or just simply clean them with an electric cleaner and place them again. If you decide to replace them, do it at the same time. 
  • Do not try to lock the rotor system and the anchor installed in the electric motor of the vacuum with a screwdriver or any other object. This will cause damage you can not fix yourself.
  • If the nut does not unscrew then slightly warm it up. It will melt the sealant that holds it. Use the point heating option for this.


Last but not the least, vacuum cleaner motors are difficult to work with, but once you have learned how to do it perfectly it would be as easy as nothing. Protection Status
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