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Offline Bantam_dave21

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DC14. Problems
« on: July 18, 2015, 01:02:56 PM »
Hi,

After being a very happy DC04 lime green user for years and years and years - it's bulletproof! I have just been given a DC14 purple, with clutched bar - I don't know if there's more to its name?

It seems to have a few issues but I figured it might be worth it in told they're far better than my existing when it works right so I could do with some help on so I know what bits to buy:

Suction at hose seems ok but no real improvement from my old DC04 which I found surprising. I'm going to give it a full set of filters regardless I know how temperamental my old days on gets if you don't religiously change filters particularly motor filter but they all look quite new, very clean and the area around cyclones look very clean but was going to strip and wash it out anyway. Anything else I should be looking for?

The next is the brush bar which appears slow and lacking 'umphh' if that makes sense. Assuming this is the clutch? Suction also seems lacking at the brush...

Am I going to need heaps of parts or some new filters, belt, clutch and a new bar coupled with some TLC to get me a decent machine?

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Re: DC14. Problems
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2015, 11:23:50 PM »
The next is the brush bar which appears slow and lacking 'umphh' if that makes sense. Assuming this is the clutch? Suction also seems lacking at the brush...

Sounds like the clutch. We keep them both new and recycled here. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, we have the belts here and there are a strip down topics here and here

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Re: DC14. Problems
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2015, 11:47:31 AM »
Hiya,

Cheers for that I'll pull it apart and have a look. Did they start fitting clutches to stop burning the belts out when you snag the bar or just so you can turn the brush off if you like?

I've also found out that this has previously had a motor fitted, can this be done wrong causing my poor suction or wrong motor etc?

Thanks,
Dave

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Re: DC14. Problems
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2015, 04:13:04 PM »
The clutch enables the machine to be used on both hard floors and on carpets: turn the brushbar off for hard floors.

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Re: DC14. Problems
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2015, 03:25:41 AM »
If the motor is done dodgy with something like not being inserted in the housing correctly it can be tight against the side housing and so won't fit correctly, so suction can leak but it shouldn't be. That's the only thing I think
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.

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