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My Miele Solaris died. How to test the motor for power, etc.?

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My Miele Solaris vac died on me today and it could be the cordreel assembly, a power switch, or the motor itself. I've done a motor re-install before but it was dead and therefore a straight up replacement. Id like to test the vac with my Flukemeter to see what's up.

Anyone good with vacuum repair and voltage meters? I never quite know how to set up the Fluke to measure. Just don't use it enough.

I don't want to just start replacing stuff on a $800 vacuum. The cordreel died on another Miele S3 we have, and the motor was in my parents' S3.


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depends on the model fluke, but make sure you have the right terminals hooked up (common and voltage AC, not Current), and switch the dial to the V~ symbol, start probing it. Most modern flukes are auto-ranging, so no need to worry about that

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Thanks for this reply as I mothballed the project and I've been using another vacuum cleaner for a while. Apparently the Miele cord reels go bad a lot - I don't see how that could be a problem unless the cord itself wore through or disconnected somehow from the voltage terminals somewhere on the reel mechanism? I would think maybe there's a way to fix these. Refurb reel unit is 150 bucks. The issue can be spotted as you move the cord in and out of the vacuum with the reel; it shuts power off and then comes back on, making me think that it's just a bad connection somewhere internal to the reel.

Anyone fix one yet?

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