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How to fix a robot vacuum cleaner

My iRobot Roomba is now running for 8 years and counting!

Mar. 20, 2019 -

Back in 2011 I got myself an iRobot Roomba 555 robot vacuum cleaner to automatically clean my apartment. It's a little circle shaped robot that drives around sucking up dust bunnies. Over the years it has bravely fought the dangers of my apartment... shoes, cables, carpet and belts. It survived and it is still working perfectly! This week it was time for some maintenance.

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All parts back cleaned and back together.
All parts back cleaned and back together.
Wiggle the brush loose from its center axle
Wiggle the brush loose from its center axle
Make sure to check the wheel bases for dust bunnies
Make sure to check the wheel bases for dust bunnies
Note how much dust is around the motor - it's like a warm winter jacket...
Note how much dust is around the motor - it's like a warm winter jacket...
Screws are clearly marked with a triangle
Screws are clearly marked with a triangle
Flip it around to access the motor
Flip it around to access the motor

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