How to Change Belt on Shark Vacuum: It Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Has your Shark Vacuum been making weird noises as you vacuum? Maybe the roller brushes aren’t spinning, or the suction seems off. If you’ve cleaned out the roller brushes and polished off the filters, maybe it’s time for a Shark vacuum belt replacement. But how to change belt on Shark vacuums?

The good news is that it is a pretty easy process, and will seem simpler the more often you have to do it. And you’ll be vacuuming away like normal in no time at all.

This article will look into how you can change or replace the belt on your Shark vacuum yourself at home. Instead of calling customer care, read this guide and get to work yourself!

How to Change Belts on Shark Vacuums

how to change belt on shark vacuum

The belt on Shark vacuums has a pretty important function. It keeps the brushes spinning while you vacuum which is needed to clean carpets and rugs. Without it, you will notice that the dust and hair from your carpet will remain buried in the fibers.

Because replacement parts for Shark vacuum products are easy to find online, you can start working to replace your belt very quickly.

Regardless of the model of your Shark vacuum, here are the things you will need for replacing your vacuum belt:

Before you start, make sure your vacuum is switched off and unplugged from the power socket.

Replacing the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Belt:

Replacing the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Belt

Does the Shark Lift-Away have a belt? It certainly does and most experts suggest replacing the belt on the vacuum once a year. All that stuff aside, this is what you need to do:

  1. First, lay your vacuum down on the floor in a way that is easy for you to work with. When you can access the bottom plate, unscrew it with a flathead screwdriver.
  2. Remove the bottom plate cover from the holder so that you can access the belt.
  3. Remove the belt from the roller brush. If the belt is broken or worn away, remove any loose bits and pieces that you can see.

    Grasp the roller brush on both ends and take it out, keeping it to the side. Next, remove the belt from the brush roller and motor.
  4. Install the new belt by placing one end over the motor shaft. After that, stretch it over the other side of the motor and roller-brush and slide it in place between the bristles.

    The belt should be smooth without any twists. Then, fit the ends of the roller brush in the slots. Rotate the floor brush roller a couple of times to center and secure the belt.
  5. Replace the bottom plate roller cover and screw it back on. Ensure everything is secure before switching your vacuum back on.

Replacing the Shark DuoClean Belt: 

This is how you can change the belt on a Shark DuoClean Apex vacuum:

  1. Slide both of the release buttons to open the vacuum’s garage door. Then, gently lift away the garage door.
  2. Use your screwdriver to remove the plastic screw covering and then pry the cover out.
  3. Remove the 15mm screw by turning the screwdriver clockwise.
  4. Gently force the side of the vacuum open, and remove the side component with your fingers.
  5. Remove the old or worn-out belt and replace it with the new one. This belt will be tight and difficult to put back on, so start with the belt on one gear, and gradually rotate the other gear, slowly pushing on the belt so that it can catch the teeth.
  6. Repeat on the other side of the vacuum before replacing all the components of the vacuum.

Replacing the Shark Rotator Professional Belt: 

This may be the easiest replacement job when it comes to changing Rotator vacuum belts:

  1. Turn the vacuum over to access the base and remove the little wheels with your metal spudger.
  2. Use your screwdriver to remove the 9 screws. Hold down the side tabs in the center of the panel and remove them to find the screws beneath the hose connection. Remove the two 13.5 mm screws using the Phillips Screwdriver.
  3. Tug on the cover and push it to the side and then remove the wire connected to the base by squeezing and pulling the pin.
  4. There will be 2 screws that you need to remove to access the roller brush. After unscrewing, remove the roller brush cover and take out the brush.
  5. Take out the roller belt from around the roller brush and the motor and slip the new one on.

Replacing the Shark Rocket Belt: 

Changing the belt on a Shark Rocket belt is much easier than you may have thought:

  1. Flip the Shark Rocket over so the bottom cover is easy to access and view and then carefully remove the bottom wheels with a flat screwdriver.
  2. Remove the screws with the Phillips screwdriver and then use your flat screwdriver to rotate and remove the three plastic screws.
  3. Gently lift the brush roller cover and unscrew the screws found there.
  4. Before separating the top from the bottom half, disconnect the wire connecting the two casings by pinching the head.
  5. Then, set the Rocket over to remove the screws holding the roller cover.
  6. Slide-out the belt from the gear on the right of the roller and insert the new Shark Rocket belt in the same position as the one you removed.

Replacing the Shark NV752 Belt: 

This is how to change the belt on a Shark Navigator professional vacuum:

  1. Find all the screws and carefully remove them with your screwdriver. Bear in mind that some of the screws are hidden away and some can be extremely small.
  2. Remove all screws on the bottom cover of the vacuum to unclip it and remove the cover to get to the brush roller.
  3. Carefully unplug the connection wires.
  4. Take out the roller brush on the other side of the belt and clean it if needed.
  5. Slip off the damaged or old belt and replace it with the new one. Make sure you have the correct Shark Navigator belt size so it fits right.

How to Replace the Power Cord on a Shark Rotator Professional Vacuum

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By now you know how to replace the belt on different Shark vacuums, but what if the power cord is acting up? This portion of the article will discuss Shark vacuum cord replacement.

What you will need:

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdrivers
  • Knife or switchblade
  • An old towel for cleaning
  • New power cord
  • Pen and paper

What you must do:

  1. You first need to remove the old cord. Begin by taking out the dirt canister, filters, brush, and roller to easily view and access the power cord.
  2. Unscrew the bottom cover to access the connectors of the power cord. Take notes and sketches so that you will later remember what goes where.
  3. After the outer cover has been removed, remove the guard plate holding the wires in place. Create a simple diagram so that you know how the wires are connected to the motor.
  4. Loosen the power cord by removing the small screws. Then, use wire cutters and snip the wires at the furthest point. You can now disconnect the old power cord from the vacuum cleaner.
  5. Take the new power cord and line up its wires with the wires on the motor.
  6. Use the fasteners and screws from the old cord on the new cord to hold it in place.
  7. Use a sharp knife or blade and remove the insulated cover on the end of the cord by an inch to expose the wires.
  8. Follow your sketches to join the color-coded power cord wires with the corresponding motor wires by twisting them together with pliers.
  9. Attach the wire fasteners or clips you removed from the old cord and shift the motor wires back into place.
  10. Install the inner screws and attach the fasteners and tighten everything so they are secure.
  11. Make sure the new power cord is in the exact position as the previous cord.
  12. Replace the bottom cover on the Shark vacuum and screw it back on.
  13. Replace all the other components you took out at the beginning before switching on the vacuum.


Below you’ll find answers to questions I get asked the most about replacing Shark vacuum belts.

01. Do Shark Vacuums Come With Belts?

Yes, all Shark vacuums will have a belt included by the roller brush. This belt can be accessed through the bottom compartment of the Shark vacuum.

02. What Do Vacuum Belts Do?

The belt in a vacuum keeps the roller brush rotating smoothly without getting stuck. If the belt is worn, the roller brush will not be able to rotate properly.

03. Why is My Shark Vacuum Making a Weird Suction Noise?

This is a sign that your filter needs cleaning or changing.

To Finish This Off

If you know how to change the belt on a Shark vacuum, you can skip an expensive trip to a repair shop. With a little patience and focus, you can easily replace the different parts of your vacuum. So instead of putting it off, why not do it today?

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