So, you want to strip down your Dyson DC08?
There are many reasons why you may want to do this: to replace the motor, to access the power switch or to access the cable reel are the main ones. To do any of those jobs, you need to open up your Dyson DC08. So here’s how:
Take out the filters and the hose. I am sure you know how to do that already without me telling you (and if you don’t, don’t try this at home – what follows will be beyond your skill level).
Please, always make sure that you never work on a Dyson while it is plugged in. If you aren’t qualified and competent to work with electrical appliances then don’t even think about opening it. Take it to a vacuum cleaner repair shop.
So first, take off the wheels. They pull off with your fingers:
Next, undo this screw:
Now undo this screw:
There are two screws here:
And two more here:
The casing now comes apart like so:
You now have access to your switch (indicated below) and your cable reel and motor casing:
Here is an Angus Black top tip: When you come to reassemble your Dyson DC08 after having done the work you opened it to do, you may encounter a little difficulty putting it back together again. You will find that the case wont snap home properly.
This is because the motor housing slips down a little as you open the case and it must be realigned in order that the case is able to close again. To do this, insert a screwdriver through the hole indicated in the photograph below in order to manipulate the housing a little to allow the casing to snap shut to be screwed up again.
As ever, questions and comments welcome using the comment box below.
If you need a motor for your DC08, be aware there are two types. One type is readily available, and one type isnt available any more (the UDS1554CNA Matsushita). But fear not! You can convert the obsolete type to the other YDK type with a simple conversion kit. Get a new motor from here: Buy Dyson DC08 Motor (link will open in a new window). If you need the conversion kit, you can find that here: Dyson UDS1554CNA Matsushita Motor.