Cleaning the Pre Filter on the Dyson V6, V7, V8, DC58, DC59, DC61, DC62

Or …. my Dyson V6 vacuum starts, then stops.

If I remove the filter, it magically works.

So it’s a blocked filter, then.

While waiting for a new filter from Dyson, I watched this video from Stampy on cleaning and servicing the Dyson V6.

While the pre-filter LOOKS sealed, you can take it apart.  In the video, Stampy quickly shows this, and it wasn’t clear from the video how it fitted together.

After a bit of puzzlement and the use of an iSesamo pry tool, here is the filter separated.

Dyson - Prefilter closeup