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The iRobot Roomba 880 is an autonomous vacuum released in 2013, with greater power and cleaning capabilities compared to the previous models.

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roomba 880 rattling loudly

roomba 880 rattling loudly, on and off, on smooth floor. Can see no initiating factor.

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So it is not moving and you hear a rattling sound and at the same time the iRobot is turning on and off itself?



The Roomba moves and vacuums, but it has a rattling noise as it vacuums that goes on and off and is worsening (noise going on and off not vacuum). The rattling is not associated with whether or not the circling brush is active. Sounds as if something is about to fail or fall off.



So you don't really know what part is moving when you hear the noise?


@eke0909 exactly. Can't tell and it turns off if you flip it upside down to look. Have done normal maintenance & checked screw on the whirly brush. Was hoping others had had similar issues and could tell me what it is before a part falls off!


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Cause of the problem

My guess would be that a lot of dust and other debris has gotten stuck around something, which stops the part from spinning smoothly. It may also be that the debris has forced a part away from where it’s supposed to be.

I have another brand of a robot vacuum that I'm taking apart and cleaning now and it really needed cleaning, it didn’t have the same problem as yours but I found a few places where it looked like it would cause a similar problem anytime.

How to turn it upside down and it still runs

From my understanding, you should be able to turn it upside down by holding the wheels down, I think that’s the mechanism detecting if it’s on the floor or not.

How to solve it

If you feel comfortable with taking it apart and clean it from dust etc., that’s what I would begin with.

If you find what part it is that sounds bad and don’t want to clean the other moving parts when you're on it, you can go for just that one.

I found two guides on how to get to the Cleaning Head and Side Wheels, and this video should also help you.


If you found that a part looks weird/broken in the process of cleaning it, add a picture of it in your question and I or someone else can help you.

Hope this helped, feel free to ask if you wonder anything else and good luck. :D

iRobot Roomba 880 Cleaning Head Image


iRobot Roomba 880 Cleaning Head Replacement



5 - 10 minutes

iRobot Roomba 880 Side Wheels Image


iRobot Roomba 880 Side Wheels Replacement



4 - 7 minutes

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