Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6 [Fix It in 5 Minutes]

Published by Ahmad Jamal on May 27, 2023 | Last updated on May 28, 2023

Our Vacuum Cleaning experts have dealt with hundreds of faulty robot vacuums suffering from different errors every time.

In this CleanersAdvisor guide, we present you with the culmination of the expertise we gathered fixing those errors throughout the years.

This guide covers Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6, and by the end of this guide you’ll know exactly what this error means, what caused it, and most importantly how to fix it for good.

Not only that, but after reading through this guide you’ll know how to protect yourself against spending much needed time on fixing the issues by making sure they rarely occur afterward.

What is Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6

Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6 occurs when the Shark Robot Vacuum’s bumper isn’t moving freely.

According to Shark’s user manual with the errors, you need to make sure the front bumper is moving freely to diagnose and fix this error according to the books.

In the case of Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6, the robot vacuum loses its navigation capabilities and sticks to the dock awaiting the fix.

You’ll notice a Red Flashing on the vacuum exclaiming Error 6, or the voice of the vacuum stating “Error 6”

What is Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6
Inspect your bumper thoroughly as a first step of fixing this issue

What Causes Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6

Errors can occur due to a malfunction, to a failed part, to a faulty software, but they can also occur due to human or robot navigation route’s mistakes.

For instance, accumulating dirt can jam the bumper.

Software glitches can cause such jamming.

Additionally, when minding its own business and cleaning freely, the shark robot vacuum can hit an obstacle with some force that may cause the bumper to get jammed, causing it to stop moving freely.

Regardless of the cause, read through to know how to fix the error.

How to Fix Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6?

To fix shark robot vacuum error 6 you’ll need to take out the vacuum’s bumper by unscrewing the screws holding it to the robot vacuum, clean the bumper and make sure there’s no accumulating dirt, then reinstall it properly to the vacuum, and make sure it’s moving freely again before testing it out.

Here’s a video showcasing How to Fix Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6 in less than 5 minutes:

Here’s a step by step showcase on how to fix shark robot vacuum error 6:

1. Turn your vacuum off and double check that it’s turned off

2. Flip over your shark robot vacuum

3. Use a shark vacuum’s screwdriver to remove the 5 screws connecting the bumper to the vacuum

4. Clean both sides of the bumper using a clean cloth

5. Make sure there’s no dirt or debris stuck inside the bumper parts

6. Reinstall both bumper parts 

7. Screw the parts back to the vacuum

8. Put the vacuum back on the dock then test if the error is gone

On very rare occasions the error may still continue, in this case you’ll need to reset the shark robot vacuum to factory settings, as there’s a software bug/ glitch with the vacuum that only a reset can fix.

Here’s our full guide on how to reset your robot vacuum in less than 5 minutes.

How to Fix Shark Robot Vacuum Error 6?
The main screws holding the bumper in that you need to unscrew before fixing the issue

To Wrap Up

This concludes our guide on how to fix shark robot vacuum error 6, providing you with step by step fix, and a final resetting fix if nothing goes well with the fix that works in 99% of the cases.

Additionally, we’ve provided you with the proper diagnoses to help you decided what caused the shark robot vacuum error 6, easing your way to fixing it afterward.