How to Replace an Upright Stop on a Riccar, Simplicity, or Clean Max Vacuum Cleaner

Riccar, Simplicity, CleanMax Upright Stop Replacement

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The upright stop in Riccar or Simplicity upright vacuums is a critical component that keeps your vacuum in an upright position when not in use. Over time, this part may wear out or become damaged, leading to difficulties in maintaining an upright stance. If you find your vacuum struggling to stay upright or constantly tipping over, it may be time to replace the upright stop. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of replacing the upright stop in Riccar or Simplicity upright vacuums.

Models this article is relevant to include:
Simplicity Model/s F3100, F3300, F3300C, S10E
Riccar Models RSL1 RSL1A RSL1AC R10E
Clean max Zoom 200

How to Replace your Riccar or Simplicity Upright Stop

Materials Needed:

  1. Replacement upright stop (compatible with your vacuum model)
  2. Screwdriver (Phillips)
  3. Work surface or clean area

The upright stop for Riccar, Simplicity, and CleanMax vacuums are shown below. You can also find the belts and brush roll just in case those also need replacement!

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.

Step-by-step Guide for Repairing a Riccar, Simplicity, or CleanMax Upright Stop

Step 1: Prepare Your Work Area

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

Step 2: Identify the Upright Stop Location

Locate the upright stop on the vacuum. This part is typically situated near the base of the vacuum where it connects to the handle. The upright stop is responsible for securing the vacuum in an upright position.

Step 3: Remove Screws Securing the Upright Stop

Using a Phillips screwdriver, carefully remove the screws that secure the upright stop in place. These screws are usually located on the sides or bottom of the vacuum near the base. Set aside the screws in a small bowl or container to prevent them from getting lost.

Step 4: Take Note of the Upright Stop Position

Before completely removing the old upright stop, take note of its position and how it is attached to the vacuum. This will be helpful when installing the replacement part.

Step 5: Remove the Old Upright Stop

Gently lift or slide the old upright stop out of its position. Be cautious not to force it, as it may have tabs or connectors that need to be disengaged first.

Step 6: Install the Replacement Upright Stop

Take the replacement upright stop and carefully align it with the mounting points on the vacuum. Ensure that it is positioned correctly, mirroring the orientation of the old part.

Step 7: Secure the Replacement Upright Stop

Once the replacement upright stop is aligned, use the screws you set aside to secure it in place. Tighten the screws, but be careful not to overtighten, as this may cause damage.

Step 8: Test the Vacuum’s Upright Stability

With the replacement upright stop securely in place, test the vacuum to ensure that it can now maintain an upright position without tipping over. Gently push the vacuum forward and backward to confirm its stability.


Replacing the upright stop in your Riccar or Simplicity upright vacuum is a relatively straightforward process that can greatly improve the stability and functionality of your appliance. Regular maintenance and timely replacements of worn-out parts ensure that your vacuum continues to operate at its best. If you encounter any challenges or are unsure about any step, refer to your vacuum’s user manual or seek professional assistance. Taking care of your vacuum will extend its lifespan and keep it performing effectively for years to come.