Introduction

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • Grab each brush and lift upwards to remove.

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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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