How to disassemble a Dyson DC17 Animal for Cleaning



To separate sections A and B apart we have to bend the cyclone assembly like a twig and in the process this should release the internal latches. The bend point is exactly where the two sections come together. I used a piece of 2x4 as a fulcrum and a towel to protect the cyclone assembly from scratches it might incur. As illustrated below, place the bend point of the cyclone assembly on the fulcrum and place your hands as illustrated. Using your body weight push down on the ends of the cyclone assembly. I weigh 150 pounds and just barely able to crack it open. Being heavy helps. Turn the cyclone assembly a little bit at a time and push down. If you get it right you will hear a click and a gap open up which means at least one of the latches have released. Keep rotating the cyclone assembly until all three latches have come undone and the two sections separate. You can toss out the silicone caulk seal between the sections. You'll want to put a new seal during reassembly.

Cyclone Disassembly

Here's section A:

Here's section B:

The hard part is done. Now take the T15 torx screw driver and remove the fourteen torx screws holding section A together. The parts can only fit one way so there's no need to keep track of how things are positioned. As evident in my pictures everything looks clean. Trust me they were disgustingly dirty that I didn't want to handle my camera with dirty hands. It's easier for illustration-sakes.

It's common to have these eight holes clogged with carpet fibers and goobers.

To clean the parts I soaked everything in warm water with detergent. I washed every crevice I could reach and used ear swabs for the really tight spaces. The black rubber parts were the most odorous and despite two washes they still retained a wet dog smell but not as severe as before. Afterwards I soaked everything in a bleach solution to further disinfect.

Here's a blow-up shot of all the parts. Nice and clean.

Reassembly should be relatively simple. Everything goes back only one way. If it doesn't fit try another position. Reference the images I have provided. Before you snap back sections A and B be sure to put a bead of silicone caulk around the rim where the original caulk was. Let it dry before putting it back into service.

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