How to Replace a Simplicity S20 and Riccar R20 Foot Pedal

Simplicity S20 Riccar R20 Foot Pedal Repair

The foot pedal in Riccar or Simplicity vacuums plays a crucial role in the vacuum’s functionality, allowing users to recline the machine for easy maneuverability and access to various cleaning angles. Over time, this part may experience wear and tear, resulting in difficulties when trying to recline the vacuum. If you find that your vacuum’s foot pedal is no longer responding as it should, it may be time to replace it. In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the process of replacing the foot pedal in Riccar or Simplicity vacuums, specifically the R20 and S20 models.

Models this article is relevant to include:
Riccar Model/s R20S, R20D, R20P, R20UP
Simplicity Models S20S S20D S20P S20UP

Replacing Riccar R20 Simplicity S20 Foot Pedal

Materials Needed:

  1. Replacement foot pedal (compatible with your vacuum model)
  2. Screwdriver (Phillips)
  3. Work surface or clean area
Below you can find the foot pedal used in this repair along with the belt and bags just in case you need them!

If the parts listed are not correct for your model, click here to be directed to our schematics / parts list page where you can search your Riccar or Simplicity model to find the right parts that you need.

Below is a full video tutorial with our authorized Riccar, Simplicity, and CleanMax technician where he shows you how to complete this repair.

Riccar / Simplicity Foot Pedal Replacement Step-by-step

Step 1: Prepare Your Work Area

Before starting the replacement process, ensure that your vacuum is unplugged from the power source. Place the vacuum on a clean and stable work surface, giving you easy access to the underside.

Step 2: Locate the Foot Pedal Assembly

Identify the foot pedal assembly on your vacuum. This part is typically situated near the rear of the vacuum, connected to the reclining mechanism.

Step 3: Remove Screws Securing the Foot Pedal

Using a Phillips screwdriver, carefully remove the screws securing the foot pedal assembly. These screws are usually located on the sides or bottom of the pedal assembly. Keep the screws in a small container to prevent them from being misplaced.

Step 4: Detach the Old Foot Pedal

Once the screws are removed, gently detach the old foot pedal from its position. Be mindful of any tabs or connectors that may need to be disengaged.

Step 5: Align the Replacement Foot Pedal

Take the replacement foot pedal and align it with the mounting points on the vacuum. Ensure that it is positioned correctly, mimicking the orientation of the old foot pedal.

Step 6: Secure the Replacement Foot Pedal

Using the screws you set aside, secure the replacement foot pedal in place. Tighten the screws, but avoid overtightening to prevent damage.

Step 7: Test the Foot Pedal Functionality

With the replacement foot pedal securely installed, test its functionality. Gently step on the pedal to recline the vacuum, and release it to ensure it returns to the upright position smoothly.

Step 8: Check for Stability

Verify that the replacement foot pedal provides stability when the vacuum is reclined. The vacuum should remain securely in the reclined position without any wobbling.


Replacing the foot pedal in your Riccar or Simplicity vacuum is a manageable task that can significantly enhance the vacuum’s ease of use and overall performance. Regular maintenance, including timely replacements of worn-out parts, ensures that your vacuum continues to operate efficiently. If you encounter any challenges or are uncertain about any step, consult your vacuum’s user manual or seek professional assistance. By taking care of your vacuum, you extend its lifespan and ensure a reliable cleaning experience.