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Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« on: May 10, 2016, 09:33:13 PM »
In an incredible stroke of luck I got given this for free! All I had to do was battle rush hour traffic one evening after work, although to be fair the bloke who gave it to me came 10 miles out of his way so we could meet in the middle, so all was fair in the end!

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It worked very well tbh, and came with a smeg load of tools

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but for this teardown, I'll be concentrating on the main machine.

First off was the hose so I could get a wash on!

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It was suitably grubby, and our old friend plaster dust pops up to say hello at this early stage!

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It's not all bad news though as the pre motor filter looks like this, into the washing machine they go, with a load of other towels, cloths and filters!

Wand off first

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The release button pops off easily, and the spring pulls off whatever side it remains attached to

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The wand cap comes off too

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Tools is tools, and just got popped into the wash box

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2016, 09:36:48 PM »
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Cyclone off and popped to one side

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Cable first, remove the two screws at the back of the machine

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and carefully push the two tabs back

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This releases the top of the switch housing

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Which then just pulls off

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You should be greeted with this

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The switch and wires pull gently out

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The neutral sits inside a protective box

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and once removed, and the protective cap removed from the live wire, the spinal cord pulls put of the top of the chassis

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2016, 09:44:22 PM »
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I remove the spring from the cyclone clip, but leave the actual clip on as it's an arse to remove and refit

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Remove the two seals from the chassis. This one was slightly glued on, but removes easily enough (and doesnt need to be glued)

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Up top is now done! Move down and remove the post motor filter cover

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and remove the post motor filter. This was surprisingly clean, this machine has obviously been loved, I;ve seen them blacker than hell before

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Next, remove the diffuser that sits below the filter

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Be careful not to drop the screw inside, which I did do, but at least doing it now is better than doing it when it's all going back together  :underchair:

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 10:11:14 PM »
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Remove the changeover valve blockage port thing

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If you squeeze the sides as shown, the tabs should clear just enough to pull the bottom part off

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Like so

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The seal at the bottom pulls off this part

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Being a DC07 in drag, the pre motor filter doesn't sit under here, and you'll need a screwdriver to pop the cover off

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The release valve doesn't sit here either, so no faffing about with that (yet)

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Let's pop this seal off now whilst we are in macro mode

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Next, recline the machine like so

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2016, 10:15:40 PM »
and pop the clutch knob off. Lever it at the top and bottom, and it will crack off

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Then, turn her over (oo-er)

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Ooooh yummy (not really looked under here until now...)

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Remove the wand suction channel

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and I always twist the catch off to wash

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Next, twist the catches and remove the base plate

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Pop the wheels off. If these are seized, you may be able to clean the tiny axles up with a bit of wire wool, or replacement wheels are nice and cheap if they have seized and worn right down.

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The edge cleaning brushes slide out with some help from some pliers

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2016, 10:20:04 PM »
I remove the front soleplate seal, as I don't wash them, their fragile and proper hard to get hold of on their own

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They also hold lots of fluff

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Baseplate stripped, grab your belt lifter (you do have a belt lifter don't you? If not, good luck  :thumbsup:) and lift the belt

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and pop the brushroll out

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Pull and twist at the end caps, and one will come off

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The axle will withdraw now, and the other cap can be twisted off with something holding the bar still

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Pop the bearings out by inserting the very tip of the bar into one and levering it out (it may fly out, it may not)

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Grab a sharp knife and clean the brushroll up now

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2016, 10:30:13 PM »
Next, lay the machine like so

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and remove the seal that mates with the wand suction channel and the internal hose from the bottom of the changeover valve

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Mvacs don't like this method, but I find it always works, so YMMV, but gently twist the brushroll housing forward and lever out at the very edges like so

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Twist the internal hose off and examine it. If it's as floppy as one would be after 17 pints, look here https://manchestervacs.co.uk/Dyson/DC07-spares.html/DC04-DC07-DC14-DC33-internal-hose, otherwise chuck it in the washing box. This is what pushes the brushroll into the carpet and provides yer grooming action (and not in a Rolf Harris kind of way), so it needs to be stiff (I'll stop now)  :king:

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I'm not sure what this bit here is, but remove it anyway, as it hides fluff like Cliff Richard hides the evidence.

Next, we need to get the clutch out. You need a long (10cm minimum) driver for this, as the back one is quite buried, and it's held in by the surrounding plastics too much to just give it a kicking to release

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The front two are more readily accessible

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Lift the clutch cover up, and pull forwards

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I remove the little belt guide, but it's not fully needed

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Lift the motor-clutch belt off the spindle, there is enough give in the body plastic that stops you doing this to push it back a bit to slip the belt off

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2016, 10:51:24 PM »
Next, grab both belts and pull hard. With any luck you wont smack yourself in the knuckle

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and the clutch is out!

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Next, pop the retaining circlips off the cleaner head

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Lay the cleaner like so

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Put your fingers behind the pivot points and pull them out, and lift the head off the chassis

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If the machine has been hard to recline, check the condition of this wheel, they can seize up, if so pop it out, clean it all out and refit

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Let's start on the changeover valve now.=, and the lock assembly. Push the two tabs in like so, one this side, one that

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2016, 10:56:37 PM »
Remove the spring

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Remove the seal

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This next bit is a bit tricky, you need to pop the changeover valve bottom plate up a tad, but it won't unclip yet

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Pull the ring piece (fnarr) away from the chassis

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Then, gently prod the 2 fixing tabs on the bottom plate until they release, whilst pulling the ring away from the chassis, and eventually it'll do this

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The base plate will still not come out though, so slide the changeover piece off

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Then remove the plate, with a bit of jiggling so the 2 suction outlets clear the chassis

Wheels now! Remove a glamour cap on one side

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and pop the circlip off

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lift the wheel off

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2016, 11:01:36 PM »
remove the washer

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Pull the other wheel and axle out

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Retrieve the washer, then hold the wheel and give it a sharp tap on the ground to pop the other glamour cap off

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Done! Now time for the motor. Screw here

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Here

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here and here

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This should then fall off

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and all you need to do is pull the spinal cord out of the chassis

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2016, 11:05:34 PM »
But the chassis isn't finished yet. Undo this screw

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which releases the little elbow

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You don't need to do this, but I have, rest your driver on the back of the not-the-filter-housing clip

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and give it a hard smack

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The crevice tool clip also pops out of it's little house

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and the chassis is done

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and filthy

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Motor now

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Pull the corners of the cover apart and lift it off the motor housing

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2016, 11:11:47 PM »
Pop the tabs that hold the side of the housing on

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This can be full of hair and crap here, this one is quite clean

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Push the cable grommit into the housing

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and position the housing onto the belt spindle and (carefully so you dont chew the belt spindle up) push down on the whole thing to push the motor up, then grab and pull!

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This is normal to see

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Remove the motor rubbers

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The armature doesn't look too bad

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2016, 11:16:47 PM »
But the fan is full of plaster dust, so let's have it off!

Gently tap around the fan case, until the case sits flush with the motor, then it should pull off

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Hold the fan with one hand, and crack the nut off anti clockwise with a 10mm socket

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You'll get the nut, washer and fan off

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Under this is a washer and spacer

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then, undo the 2 screws and lift the backing piece off

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I'll not go any further, as the bearings on the motor are fine, and the rest will come off with a good vacuum cleaner and small brush.

I'm not sure how well this captures it but the plaster dust buildup on the fans will cause it to run off balance and kill the suction

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Either way, cyclone now!!

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First, empty it if needed

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and leave the flap open



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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2016, 11:20:42 PM »
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Remove the bin from the cyclone

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Hold the bin under your arm so the flap hinge is at the bottom, squeeze and pull the flap off

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Remove the seal

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The bin release rod does come out of the bin, you can either squeeze teh tiny tabs that sit just inside the little handle, or give it a smack with the screwdriver...

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Next, open the filter housing

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and pop the cover off that

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Re: Dyson DC14 Animal - Stripdown and Refurb
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2016, 11:26:44 PM »
Undo the screw at the back of the handle, but keep your thumb over the release valve clamp

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as it will do this when the screw is out

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The release valve can now come out

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the other screw holds the other end of the handle on

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once removed the handle lifts off, and the front clip needs persuasion to clear the front

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There's a spring that sits over the tip top of the release rod assembly

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The top part is removed from the handle by carefully inserting a screwdriver like so

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and then even more carefully pulling it sharply upwards until the red part snaps out of the handle

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There's another spring that sits over the rod this side too

Next, remove the lower cone, to make the whole thing sit easier. Carefully pull the shroud back right by one of the clips with one hand, and push down on the cone with the other. In a cloud of dust, the clip should pop out

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