You load the washer, let it fill, and then….nothing. No one ever wants to have to deal with a broken washing machine, so when the washer isn’t working right many people automatically start to dread that they will have to call in the repair man, or worse yet replace the entire appliance. Luckily, this isn’t always the case.
If your washer won’t spin at all or is making a squealing sound during the spin cycle, it may mean your Drive Belt is broken or damaged. This is something you can easily fix yourself. Today we have a step-by-step guide to Replacing the Drive Belt in most Top Loading Washers.
The Drive Belt is what connects the Motor Pulley to the Transmission Pulley, which aids in rotating the Tub and Agitator in your washer. This repair is typically relatively quick and easy, requiring very few tools.
If you don’t already have a replacement Drive Belt, you can find the part for your model number here.
*WARNING: Before starting any repair, always make sure that the appliance is completely disconnected from the power source by unplugging it. This tutorial is meant to be a guide and should not be used in place of the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer.
-Nut Driver or Phillips Head Screwdriver (depending on model)
Removing and Replacing the Drive Belt:
1.) Unplug the washer and shut off the hot and cold water supply to the appliance, you may need to pull the washer away from the wall to do this
2.) Unhook the Drain Hose and disconnect Water Supply Hoses on the back of the washer using the Channel Locks to loosen them
3.) Remove any water from the washer tub using a bowl or bucket if necessary
4.) Close the lid and secure with a piece of tape
5.) Lay a towel on the floor in front of the washer to help absorb any water and prevent the washer from getting scratched.
6.) Carefully tip the washer forward and lower onto the towel to access the motor at the bottom of the appliance. The washer will be heavy, we recommend you have someone near-by to help you.
*Some models may have an Access Panel on the front of the washer and will not have to be tipped. Simply remove the screws to remove the panel to access the belt and set aside.
7.) Remove the screws securing the Pulley/Belt Shield and set aside
8.) If your Drive Belt is broken, simply remove it. If still attached, slowly rotate the Splutch or Transmission Pulley (this will be the larger of the two pulleys) and pull the drive belt until it comes off.
9.) Line the grooves on the new belt up with the grooves on the Motor Pulley (the smaller pulley) and guide the belt onto the Transmission Pulley. Slowly rotate the pulley until the belt is aligned and in place.
10.) Turn the Transmission Pulley a few more times to make sure the belt is in place and isn’t going to fall off
11.) Replace the belt cover and screws
12. ) Tip the washer upright and remove tape
13.) Reconnect hoses and turn the water back on
14.) Plug in the washer and test it out
And that’s it! Altogether, this repair should only take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. If you’re ever unsure, don’t hesitate to consult your manual or contact a service technician. You can find a new Drive Belt and many other genuine OEM Washer Replacement Parts for your make and model our website.