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Start with the obvious--a lot of vacuums have a reset button, try that first. It could be a bad switch, or a wire has come loose from the end of the switch that controls that motor. What brand is it? and is it the beater brush that is not working or the vacuum motor?
The ratchet mechanism within the power switch has failed.
There is no "fix" for this other than to repalce the switch with a new one.
If you have good DIY skills and tools, and feel competent to work on electrical devices, then it is possible to do this yourself, however Dyson dont make it easy !
The plastic switch covers (the bit you actually press) are normally held in place by a hidden plastic tag that is released using a narrow, flat tool such as a very small screwdriver or flat file. If you look very carefully at the switch cover, you should be able to see a very small "slot" on one side in to which you place the flat tool and "feel" for the tag. Once the swicth cover is removed, you can then access the switch.
Replacement switches are normally available on eBay.
If all this sounds a bit daunting, take it to a repair shop, or call Dyson helpline.
Have you trod on the cable at all, sometimes the cable breaks inside the sheathing, test by switching on and wiggling cable where it enters machine, if it starts then thats your problem, easy to fix, disassemble switch, cut off and discard 6 inches of cable then reattach the reamaining.
What has worked for me on this vacuum is once the handle is off and the on-off switch is visible, work it back and forth manually. Mine was very stiff and it did not get any better. I went to radio shack and bought a spray can of Control/Contact Cleaner and Lubricant. It comes with a small piece of tubing. I put the tube into the top edge of the switch and pushed the button FOR A FRACTION OF A SECOND and then did the bottom edge of the switch. I worked the switch manually a couple of times. I repeated the spraying one more time and the rocking. I put it all back together and has been working fine for me. This stuff is made for electrical contacts... HOWEVER, use it very very sparingly!!! ALSO, a new can has a bit of pressure so watch out that you don't blow some back at you. JOE
Pull the wand out of the Vac. Need to use a small Torx bit to take out 2 screws hidden behind the wand storage. Once screws are out, there are 4 push-clips which need to be un-latched. Pry the power panel off and you will expose the two switches (one for power, one for the brushes). Push the power switch down and it should "release" and go back to clicking when pushed. Re-assemble. Took about 5 minutes to fix.