Today I had a problem with my Roomba 655 Pet Series vacuum. I hit the button, and it would move about a foot out then stop and turn around. It would then repeat this over and over. Many things can cause this problem, but in my case the front wheel was sticking and not spinning properly, causing the Roomba to act like it was hitting a wall. The wheel had to be cleaned. Here’s how you can go about cleaning it out.
- Pop the wheel out. It should come right out using only your hands.
- Slide the rod out of the wheel. I needed some needle-nose pliers to do this in my case.
- Here is what the metal rod looked like when I pulled it out. Rubbery gook all in the middle.
- Using my hands, I was able to scrape the dirt off. Here’s what it looked like after cleaning.
I put the rod back through the wheel, and replaced the wheel on the Roomba. Now it runs just fine. I hope this tutorial helps somebody else out. It may seem simple, but this problem actually baffled me for a bit.
The front wheel appears to work the same way with all models of the Roomba. So if you have a different model that sticks, you can follow this same advice. The problem can also be caused if something is caught in the side wheels or in the brushes in some instances.