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How to Replace a Motor on a Dyson - DC07

Many of us may be faced with a vacuum cleaner which has become the victim of a faulty motor, either because of cost or difficulty; many would rather trash the machine and get a new one or take it to the repair shop.

Luckily you don’t need to be a qualified engineer, nor break the bank to repair your beloved Dyson. Here at eSpares we can get you the correct part and give you the guidance you need to repair your cleaner.

In this guide we will talk you through the steps required to dismantle your Dyson DC07, replace the motor and put everything back together all before your favourite tv show has finished. 

Suitable for the Dyson DC07 model and DC07 range.

  What You Will Need:

  Step 1 - Safety Advice

Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair.

  Step 2 - Creating Space

Now, this is by no means an easy task but it's more fiddly than anything else. I'm going to start by removing absolutely everything:

  • Remove the soleplate, so simple you could just using a coin.
  • Slide the drive belt off the motor spindle.
  • Now the brush roll can come out along with the internal hose.
  • And don’t forget the retaining clips these are located on the side and hold the brush head in place.

You should now have an empty shell of a vacuum cleaner. It is also worth removing the switch - this will grant you even more room when you need to take out the motor. If you pull the switch mechanism apart and feed it through the top you can now uncouple the two connectors. From here you can feed the cable down the back of the handle.

  Step 3 - Opening the Housing

With the Dyson now a husk of what it once was we can begin work on opening the motor housing. Your DC07’s motor housing should have five screws hey should require a torx head bit so when identifying the screws to remove locate the torx head screws which can be found  on the back and underside of your cleaner.

  Step 4 - Removing the Housing

With the screws removed the housing will separate from the motor - when you go to put the vacuum cleaner housing to the side remember you need to feed the cable through. Before we begin working on the motor don’t forget to remove the other part to the housing, this will remain on the top side of the motor, once removed this can be put to one side.

There is now an motor retainer which too requires removing, using a screwdriver you can pry the casing away, it’s a little tough so have patience. You should now be faced with the motor fan case seal and the motor itself.

  Step 5 - Releasing the Motor

To remove the actual motor from the casing you need to have it facing spindle up and apply pressure, the motor will then come loose from the casing - however be careful as there are wires connected which require uncoupling.

With the motor removed and the wires disconnected - pull the fan case seal away and place it to one side as we’ll need this again later.

  Step 6 - Saving the Old Seals

Now we have the old motor out we need to start to put everything back together again and we can begin with the motor.

So let's start by putting the fan case seal onto the new one. We also need to transfer the belt guard from the old motor to the new motor - it should simply pop off and fit back on in the exact same way.

  Step 7 - The More Difficult Step

So we have come to what could be deemed the more difficult part of the repair - we now need to fit the motor back into the motor case and then into the housing. Now it's a little bit tricky this is due to having to line up the motor (spindle side), slide it in and not forgetting to reconnect the wires which you can do before we give you an…

eSpares Top Tip:A little trick for you, using a tiny amount of washing-up liquid, run it round the inside of the housing and around the outside of the fan case. This will help the motor slide into place, otherwise you may be wrestling with the motor for hours.

Being careful, you can use a screwdriver to help locate and push the motor into place making sure not to catch and pinch the wires.

  Step 8 - Fitting the Retainer

After what may have seemed a while the motor should now be fitted inside the motor casing, secured and ready to continue. With the trickiest part of out the way we can now refit the motor retainer. There will be an arrow indicating the correct location when fitting. To fit it simply apply pressure and push the retainer down, it should click into place.

  Step 9 - Retracing Your Steps

With the light of the tunnel fastly approaching, you now need to get the body of the Dyson and re feed the cable back through it again. You can also sit the motor back in place and begin to assemble everything back together.

It's now just a case of putting everything back together in exactly the same way as you took it apart.

  • Refit the upper motor assembly.
  • Screw the five screws which secure the housing assembly together.
  • Connect the Soleplate and internal hose.
  • With the brush head assembly in place you can fit the retaining clips back in place.

Don’t forget the brush roll, when fitting the brush remember you will need to also fit the belt back onto the motor spindle. Easy to do, place the belt over the brush roll and push it through the gap - next loop the belt over the end of the motor and voila the belt is once again fitted in place.

  Step 10 - Final Assembly

To ensure our Dyson will turn on and off we need to reconnect the cable from the motor back in place, you should have fed the cable but it now needs to be fed up the handle. Following the grooves where the wires rest follow it up until you can refit the wires and then put the switch back in place so it looks the same as before you removed it.

It may be a little fiddly but it’ll fit back in place, with everything in place you can take relax knowing you’ve just replace the motor in your Dyson DC07. For more diagnosis and helpful articles on appliance repair remember to visit our advice centre - you’ll be seen as the hero in your home and saving money at the same time.

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