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How to adjust the foot pedal on a Kenmore Direct Drive Vacuum mechanism for model 116.31913?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
June 30th, 2012

The angle of the vacuum handle to the power head causes the direct drive to engage. I need to completely lower the handle to the floor, so the vacuum drive will engage. What is the sensor that activates the engagement, and how can it be adjusted?

Kenmore , Upright Vacuums , Appliances
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Manage My Life
Thanks for contacting

. I understand how frustrating it is having trouble with your vacuum cleaner release. We are here to help. When the handle is all the way up, it actually lifts the vacuum cleaner base. This is just a mechanical part. I suspect the pedal release or plate pedal is causing the problem. The pedal plate may be out of place or broken. I recommend that you take the vacuum cleaner apart and look at those parts. The part number for the pedal handle is 8174906. The part number for the plate pedal is 8174907. I provide a image below that shows it apart. Look at key number 34 and 35. I hope this helps.

To order parts, please visit

with the model number.

If you do not feel comfortable repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your nearest Sears service center or drop off center. I provided you a link to locate one. Just use the

store locator


Please feel free to let me know if you need further assistance. We are always here to help.

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by Manage My Life
June 30th, 2012
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Having a working vacuum is very important. I did some research but was not able to find an answer for you. Your expert will be able to help answer your question. It may take 24-48 hours. I do hope everything works out with the vacuum.
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June 25th, 2012
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