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American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« on: January 23, 2022, 06:53:11 PM »
Many many years ago, our own Mr Parwaz purchased a DC17 from who knows where, but local to him in Birmingham. Some years after that he had a clearout and gave it to me, and I made it sit in a cold dark wet shed for another few months... Sometimes with company



But most often not. Until one day I finally bought it in to be looked at



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As discovered here


the belt was no good

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The brushroll was knackered

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And the motor rusty

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But, it was all there, so the stripdown can commence  :thumbsup:
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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2022, 07:18:00 PM »
First thing is to drop the cable and remove the wand

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Unpick the 3 locking tabs at the end of the wand

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Then tap it out

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Next, looking up inside the wand as it enters the plastic housing are 2 screws. Remove that, and pull the wand up and out. Then all the innards will fall out (If you careful as you do it you'll see how they all sit before it's too late)

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The wand casing strips down even more

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With the wand done, we can move to the bottom of the machine

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Remove the suction elbow

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Then this random bit of trim on the suction elbow...

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2022, 07:21:29 PM »
To release the hose is fun on this model... First, remove the lower cord hook...

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This then gives you access to the rubber tabs you need to push up and out

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But it wont come out yet  ;) Nope, unclip the very end tool holder part of the other end of the hose

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Then undo the middle rubber part

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AND THEN you can remove the hose from the machine! And we can move on up the chassis and undo the screws for the switches

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Pretty standard fare here

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Unwire everything

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2022, 07:23:42 PM »
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And the mains cable can be removed

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And the chassis loom pulled down

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The cyclone rubber seals can come off as we go

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Time to lift the lid on the pre motor filter

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There's a seal that lives in the end of the housing

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Le filter

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I removed the tool holder clips as I went

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2022, 07:26:26 PM »
Next we need access to the post motor filter, which is apparently in here

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This cover comes off

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and a mouldy, dry rotted disgusting post motor filter can be peeled off!

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Moving down to the brushroll, we can remove the base plate

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Then peel the rubber seal out

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Then remove the rubber blade and seized rusty front wheels

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Next up to remove are 2 springs



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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2022, 07:30:41 PM »
The clear brushroll housing can now be unclipped from the outer one

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But is still attached as the brushroll motor sits in here, and is hardwired in  :censored:

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Aha, no fear, we can just unplug the motor quickly... nope

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At least the hose comes off nice and easily

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The front bumper unclips from the clear housing

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And the startings of the whole recline lock assembly can start to be removed with this cover

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The rear wheels also need to be removed as they block things otherwise...

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2022, 07:35:43 PM »
There is 1 C-Clip on these machines

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Then this is where the fun starts. The bottom of the machine comes off now. This drops the motor and everything else down too. What you end up with is

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I'm very glad we unplugged it before we started yes...

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It all sort of just hangs there too, it's awful, I presume there is some official way that makes it alot easier...

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This is the recline switch for the brushroll

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Motor out of the motor housing

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Peel the crispy seal off

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Then finally we can extract the spine loom

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And disconnect the sodding brushroll motor  ;D

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2022, 07:39:22 PM »
I removed and checked the carbon brushes in the brushroll motor and they were good, whole motor looked fine bar the rusty case

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I stripped the motor down to get the fans washed

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Found yet more parts in the plastics

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The changeover valve is held on with a hidden plastic clip, once unclipped it breaks down fairly nicely

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There's a rubber seal under there  :snivel:

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Finally the release valve can come out

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That part done, it's time to move on to the cyclone

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2022, 07:43:51 PM »
The shroud pops off the upper housing

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And to myself, who has only ever seen UK market dysons, looked immediately odd!

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The utterly bloody disgusting nature of it all felt very familiar though...

The shroud unclips from the inner frame

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The two lower cones unclip from the bottom end, uncovering 8 more

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Then a white spacer piece

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It seems it had turned into a 3 cone cyclone, must be a design feature, like modern cars turn off half the engine when idle etc  ;D

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Inside here we can see all the screws that hold the top case on

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The carry handle and the start of the bin emptying stuff unclips too

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2022, 07:47:51 PM »
The cyclone top seal comes out now

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It unclogged itself then, BAGLESS IS BETTER!

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Onto the bin now, the release catch for removing it completely comes off with its spring

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Bin rod comes off

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The bin flap seal can be removed and it's seals peeled off

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And that was everything stripped down! Big pile of washing

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24th April 2020 - looked like a decent day  :thumbsup:

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This just went in the bin



Everything else got washed, polished and ready for re-assembly!


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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2022, 08:31:15 PM »
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I took the motor apart a bit more to clean it up and check the bearings were fine, which amazingly they were! De-grotted the carbons

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and put it right back together

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Bin seals now

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Bin release rod



And through the magic of fresh polish and the camera it looks quite good  :king:

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Latch and spring need to go on too

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2022, 08:34:31 PM »
We can take our full compliment of unclogged cyclones

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Our fresh top sealing housing

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With it's nice sturdy moulded rubber seal, none of this foam ballcocks

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And sit it on top. Cyclone top cover next

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Refit the top handle and red levers and spring

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Then wonkily hold it together and do up the screws

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Plastic firewall in

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The 2 nipples can be screwed on nice and tight

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Shroud time now

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2022, 08:38:28 PM »
The shroud snaps back on to the lower cone, then it can be clipped onto the top section

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With the bin top seal fitted, the assembly is done and nice and clean!



Ugh, the next bit starts so simple, refit the release valve

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Then take our non biohazard chassis

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And refit the seal

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Inside the changeover valve sits this plastic part. Refit the rubber seal to the top of it (it only goes one way IIRC)

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This then clips inside the outer frame

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The plastic retaining clip sits on the part first

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2022, 08:42:19 PM »
The changeover valve can be snapped in place now

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The bushings for the cleanerhead pivot can go in now

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I fed the chassis wiring loom in next



And got the motor housing out. Using hot glue, I stuck a normal DC14 size post motor filter pad to the housing

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Which worked pretty well. The OEM part costs a fortune here in the UK and I'd rather not impede the airflow and kill the even harder to find motor  8)

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I tried to work out the more logical way of reassembling it now so the motor got wired up first

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All the wires routed and the housing placed in the bottom chassis cover

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Re: American Dyson DC17 - Stripdown & Refurbishment!
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2022, 08:47:05 PM »
Sorry, fitted in the bottom of the top chassis! Because now, you can place the chassis into the cleanerhead housing and hang it off the back of your sofa so it all stays together...

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And fit the bottom chassis cover and do up all the screws. Whilst keeping the brushroll motor connected and fed through it's place in the world  :evilgrin0002:

The post motor filter will work fine

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And we should have this

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Carbons refitted

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I realised I needed a new wheel axle, so went into the shed and found one

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Quick tidy up later and it's much better!

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Can fit the wheels now

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Then clip the bumper to the brushroll cover

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