Broken Roomba going in crazy circles!


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Old 02-23-13, 03:48 PM
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Broken Roomba going in crazy circles!

I have a Roomba that started going in backward circles. It was working fine last week and now seems to be acting crazy. I've found a couple do it yourself fixes online and was wondering if any one has had any experience with them.

Here are the links:

iRobot Roomba 5xx 9 beep error bumper sensor IR fix

IRobot Roomba Resource Center | iRobot Roomba 9 beep error bumper sensor IR fix

I also heard there are mail in options as well. So if anyone has experience with those services please let me know.

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Old 02-24-13, 02:13 AM
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There are two infra red sensors that need to be replaced/upgraded.

Looks like a fairly easy repair to make.
 
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Old 03-16-13, 12:45 AM
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Just wanted to post a quick update: I ended up ordering a repair kit. Instructions were clear and the repair was straight forward. I am a happy camper now.

I've posted a before and after video on youtube. = )
 
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Old 03-16-13, 08:35 AM
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Good job

Did you go with the solder or solderless repair option ?
 
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Great post. The family Roomba was busted for the longest time and well I finally got around to trying to fix it. Did lots of research and well looked at that ee site you got there. I went with the kit that requires soldering because my dad has an old soldering iron. Went through the guide. The guide is good with good descriptions, the pictures could have been better. But all and all it was a good clean straight forward fix. Took me 2 hours with a short lunch break in between. Reassembly is actually the hardest part of the whole fix. A couple of small parts you have to be careful with. Anyways, I reassembled everything, crossed my fingers, took a deep breath and press the on button. The Roomba made its usual sound and like magic, it was working like normal. I was almost in tears = ). It's like watching a sick friend who you had written off come back to life. Anywho, couldn't have done it without the doityourself forum. thnx fellow posters!
 
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Old 12-09-13, 09:17 PM
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The optical sensors have always been the weak link.

Nice job on the repair
 
 

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