I've levered the front panel forwards very slightly and shone a torch in. I think I am seeing a clip but can't be 100% certain and don't want to risk levering the panel any further out. What I'm seeing is at the extreme bottom edge of the panel and is about 0.5 in from top to bottom - I can't tell the width. I'm looking from the front of the machine, by the way. I will need to take the back off again if you want me to look from there?
Thanks for the extra info - am in the process of removing the control panel as advised. Left hand end is off but haven't yet removed right hand end - proving more difficult, it's behind the timer knob. Do I need to remove the knob to make it easier? If so, how?
In the meantime, I will persevere!
Success, I think! Control panel off after a struggle, front panel off, wiring disconnected and can now see drum and pulley. Hopefully, the pulley support will come out easily then the rest should be straightforward. Anything else I should look out for?
The drum has no groove in it for the belt but I can see where the previous one was positioned. Regarding the pulley, I'm assuming that the spring comes off, the post (with the pulley attached to its top) unclips from the base and I can then get at the pulley wheel to slip the belt over it. Does that sound ok?
Many thanks again,
Sorry about delay, stopped for a meal!
There is no installation page or diagram, the machine was bought by my partner many years ago and no paperwork remains. A diagram would certainly be helpful - or a video? Have looked high and low for useful stuff for this machine but found none, probably because it's so ancient. I was quite surprised to find that spare belts are still available.
I won't be doing any fitting until the weekend but I wanted to make sure I knew exactly what needed to be done before starting so any help with fitting the belt would be useful as my assumption is wrong. Have fitted many vacuum cleaner belts but they don't have tensioners.
Many thanks for your very helpful advice, I'll have a look tomorrow and compare it with my machine.
Sorry not to have got back to you earlier. Belt arrived Mon (didn't want to order it until I was sure the job was manageable), fitted it Tues. Ran the machine but drum turning very slowly. Checked again today and discovered that I had put the end of the tensioning spring in the wrong slot! Idiot!. Anyway, I could get to it by unfastening the bottom of one side so all is well - everything working normally.
Thank you again for all your help and support, it is greatly appreciated and helped me to decide to repair the machine rather than replace it.