Introduction

This guide explains how to remove the brushes from your iRobot Roomba 551, either for replacement or cleaning.

Place your Roomba upside-down on a hard surface.
  • Place your Roomba upside-down on a hard surface.

If all you need off is the faceplate, skip all of the screwdriver-based steps, and just remove the dirt bin(step 7) and start from step 11 at the rear.

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While holding the side brush in place, use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 4.5mm screw from the center of the brush.
  • While holding the side brush in place, use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 4.5mm screw from the center of the brush.

Gently pull upwards on the brush to remove it.
  • Gently pull upwards on the brush to remove it.

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Rotate the Roomba upside-down so the bottom is facing towards you.
  • Rotate the Roomba upside-down so the bottom is facing towards you.

Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, remove the captive screws that hold the bottom plate in place. Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, remove the captive screws that hold the bottom plate in place.
  • Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, remove the captive screws that hold the bottom plate in place.

Carefully lift the bottom plate.
  • Carefully lift the bottom plate.

  • The battery is only secured in place by the bottom plate, and may fall out once the bottom plate is removed.

Pinch the yellow tabs on the sides of the brush cage and lift up to open. Pinch the yellow tabs on the sides of the brush cage and lift up to open.
  • Pinch the yellow tabs on the sides of the brush cage and lift up to open.

Grab each brush and lift upwards to remove. Grab each brush and lift upwards to remove. Grab each brush and lift upwards to remove.
  • Grab each brush and lift upwards to remove.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Should be no need to remove the back plate. Just open the brush cage and lift out the brushes

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