How to pull apart and clean a Dyson DC08 radix assembly

Uploaded by VacuumSmart on 07.07.2011

>> ALEC: Hi, Alec from VacuumSpot here. I've had a few emails recently just asking if I
could do a video showing some people how to pull apart the radix assembly on a Dyson DC08.
All we need, is the radix assembly itself. Now, if you have replaced the filters on your
Dyson and you still haven't got much suction, it could very well be that you have a blockage
inside these little tubes around here. Now, it doesn't happen all the time, but it is
fairly common. All you need to do is remove your dust container. Put that aside.
Now, I actually cleaned this one earlier so I didn't have to do the video with dust and
muck everywhere. This is the first part to remove. You just grab that, squeeze, and push
down. Basically, it just moves it out of shape and
releases the suction seal, then it's able to be removed. The next step is the two screws
down here to help get the handle off. Now, you need a number 15 Torques driver for
this, which is the little star shaped screwdriver.
Now this part here, you have to lift up and at the same time, push it forward. Now, this
one moved fairly easily, but if you need a bit of assistance, you can pop a little screwdriver
here and just push, or lever, this grey part forward.
Then that will lift off. I tend to leave the screws in and just put it to one side, so
that I keep everything nice and neat. Next screw is this one here, that just comes
off. Now, even though you have three screws out, this still won't come off because it
is actually held inside. The next three are here, here
and here.
Now, this is something, if you have a little bit of time, it doesn't hurt to do this once
a year or so, anymore then that would probably be a bit overkill, but, for anyone who is
doing servicing on a Dyson, you really should pull
this all the way apart, instead of just using a vacuum in here. You can get this section
looking clean, but then the next part is still quite blocked.
Once those screws come out, put them to one side. All you need to do is just gently lever
this up. If it doesn't come up in the one spot,
just move it around and lever as you go. That comes off and this gasket, or seal, that can
be removed as well. Now, this, this and your cone can all be washed in the sink, and this
is the next part.
OK, there are two screws. One here, and one on this side, and they are the last two screws
that we are going to need to remove.
Upside down, and now we can get access to, I don't actually, oh yeah, it's the manifold,
that part there is the manifold. Now, this here goes into our washing pile, and this
part here, is normally quite stuck onto this. Now, this
particular one is brand new. The reason for this is, I washed it just before, and I found
that if you leave the other one on a heater for too long,
while you forget about it, you can actually warp the whole thing, and, yeah, you ruin
it. So, there is an extra special tip for you. This gasket comes off. This is about
the only part you can't wash. If this, cause some customers
will wash this, when you put it back in, it won't sit perfect and what you will end up
doing is catching more material in here, than if you just left
it alone. This is the normal place for heaps of blockages. The air goes through these little
tubes and after a little while, you start to get plugs. A little bit of hair will actually
block that entire airway, and where you should have
twelve airways, overtime you will lose one, two, three, and the machine will lose suction
quite rapidly from that point. So, all of this can
be washed. It must be bone-dry before you reassemble it. Ordinarily, I do use a heater,
but I normally put a towel on top of the heater, and not leave it there for terribly long.
So, having given you an excellent what not to do, we can quickly throw this one back
together. OK, we lay our gasket back on. Put the manifold on next, and the lid goes on
right after that. Put this screw in,
and since we are already there, we can put the handle back on. Now, What you actually
have to do, there is a little guide here, this part goes in first, and you push down
and back. You will know it's right when it sits squarely
here, there should be no gap in that section. Quickly tighten those up,
OK, and now, we start with the two
here, look for your hole cause now it's clean. Ordinarily, it will be quite dirt and mucky
in there. So, getting them out might be a little bit of a problem, but getting them
back in, you won't have any dramas at all. Look, I'm well
aware that this isn't perfectly clean, there are little bits of material here. To be honest,
I just didn't have a pointy little brush today. Not quite sure where it has gone, but we have
got visitors in the house and they may be thieves as well. This goes on like so. This
really does need to be cleaned all around here, otherwise
you won't get a good seal. This just gets turned up.
There are three possible ways that is can go on, but only with one of them will it actually
sit properly.
When it squishes all the way down here, just check that your gasket is neatly around the
edge, and that's prefect. Just drop our three screws in.
Don't over-tighten them because over time, the plastic will become a little bit brittle.
So, as soon as you feel it being firm, that is all you need to do. Put your cone seal
back in. You just put it in on an angle, like that,
and push it until you hear it click. Your locking clip lines up with the front of the
handle, and just pushes back on, and there you go.
That is one radix assembly on a DC08 cleaned! Another great tip from Alec at VacuumSpot.