When I got the replacement turbine gear assembly, I took it apart to
see if there were any improvements.
They did put a much better barring inside, maybe that was the root
cause of the failure?
Anyhow... works fine for now.
I have an older Hoover Steem Vac.
There is a plastic lever in the bottom unit on the right side that
activates the brushes when you lower the handle into an operating
position. Over time the lever develops too much play in the plastic and
no longer activates the brushes. You can manually activate the brushes
by pushing the lever into the proper position with your hand.
I found this very helpful. I have managed to get mine apart but I do
not see anything broke. Can you tell me if you can turn the gears by
hand using the brush? I hope this makes sense. If not please contact me
Found your pictures very useful. I opened mine up and fortunetly did
not find a broken turbine disc but instead just a very jammed disc. I
slowly hand turned the gear, important word is slowly so as not to
break the disc, and managed to get the disc through a rough spot. The
disc rotated freely after this so I assembled everything back together
and the vacuuam works fine. I wonder what caused it to get stuck in
the first place. Hoover definetly could have used some better anti
Kim if your still having problems, I wouldn't recommend turning the
gears at the brushes but instead try to disassemble everything and get
down to the turbine disc and then try to slowly rotate the disc.
Thanks For your help Scott
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For a Hoover SteamVac model F5893-900, If your Brushes don't turn, and the
doesn't move, try to following:
Be sure the Brush Speed selector isn't OFF, Have the handle NOT in the
and the Brush Indicator screen is cleaned. (See page 7 instructions)
UNPLUG the cleaner, remove the Cleaning Solution tank and Recovery tanks.
Release the handle and
lay it on the floor.
Refer to the Diagram.
Remove screws 1 and 2, LOOSEN but don't remove screw 3.
Remove the Duct Assy (6), lift off the indicator knob (9)
Flip the unit over and remove the two BLACK screws (33) that hold the
Hood (12) on.
Flip the unit back over, and With a screw-driver pry off the tabs
under the back of the
hood. Breaking the Black plastic around the tabs will not effect the
unit. Lift the hood
off. You Do Not have to take the clear plastic cover off the hood.
Flip the unit over, and remove the long silver screws (34) that hold
the turbine assy
on from below, and then flip the unit over and remove the two screws
(14) on the front of
the turbine assy. Pull the fluid hose off, and the turbine assy
should slide out off the
At This Point, See if the Brush Assy will turn Manually. Sometimes items
jam in the brush gears.
Use a screw-driver and try to turn the Turbine Assy gears. (where the
brush assy connects) It
will move SLOWLY. (reduction gears) If this is jammed, the shafts of
the turbine may be dry
and need grease. WD40 Will be Washed Off, you need GREASE. Sometimes
the turbine wheel
will crack, other times the shaft on the turbine will dry-out (grease).
Brush Assy Jammed:
If one of the tabs INSIDE the Brush Assy breaks off, and Jamms the
gears, the brushes will
either not turn, or only go around Almost Once and then stop. (PLASTIC
The Brush Assy (32) is held in the Main Body (35) by 4 push-clips. Slowly
and Carefully pry
these back with a screwdriver blade, and the Brush Assy will drop from the
Once out, there are 6 clips (3 on a side) that hold the Clear Plastic
Sides on the Brush Assy.
From either end pry the sides apart, as you work your way down the side
clips with a small
flat screwdriver. Pry the small clips until the clear side releases, and
go to the next clip.
Once the Sides are removed, the brushes will drop out, except for the
brush with the
Brush Indicator on it. Look for Broken Items/Dirt/Ect jamming the
movement of the gears,
and remove it. Re-assemble the Brush Assy in the reverse order, Being
Careful not to break any
of the clips. Push the Brush Assy back up into the Main Body until the
replying to Scott, jackie wrote:
I realize this thread is old, but, my steam vac is having this problem, what I
have found so far is the little green plastic piece that going to the turbine is
twisted off, but when I turn it on without the brushes on the little square
where the that piece goes doesn't spin, so I don't know if I just need a new
brush set or a brush and a turbine motor. Hope someone can help. the link Scott
put up doesn't work anymore.
On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:44:02 PM UTC-6, jackie wrote:
Jackie, unfortunately it sounds like you will need at least a new brush set
, and possibly a new turbine. You may get lucky and find that like a previ
ous poster did the spring has fallen off thus not allowing any air into the
turbine. To diagnose further will require you to almost completely disass
emble the bottom portion of the cleaner. Not sure if you are mechanically
inclined enough to be comfortable doing that, or if you may know someone wh
o is. Worse case scenario is you have to take it to an appliance service c
enter to get them to look at it. If you go that route I would recommend te
lling them that you do not want to pay more than X amount of dollars to fix
it, as you can buy a brand new one for around $200. Hope this helps and g
Hi here"s what i did,
first might sure that that green square pin isn't twisted off, if it is replace
if you can put something in the square hole in the bottom of the machine where
the pin fits, if it turns the turbine is it ok, if not you have a bad turbine(
when going to purchase one, compare it to the one you have.)
The brushes will not spin if the handle is locked up, it has to be in the push
I had 2 units that over time failed, brushes quit turning. the local service center claimed the problem was from using the wrong detergent.....
service cost more than a new unit,so i bought a new one but then the second one failed after using only hoover detergent.....
so i tossed the plastic junk and pulled up all the remaining carpet.....
I'd have said "well, it's broken, can't do any
worse". Took it apart, and looked for broken gears,
broken drive belts, etc. If you're repair minded,
or know someone who is. Maybe they can be fixed.
Christopher A. Young
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On 9/6/2013 10:06 PM, bob haller wrote:
turning. the local service center claimed the problem
was from using the wrong detergent.....
one but then the second one failed after using only
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