Why Isn’t My Washer Spinning? | How to Replace the Drive Belt in a Top Loading Washer


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.

Maytag Washer model number MVWC300BW1 Drive Belt, Motor Pulley, & Transmission Pulley

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.  

Required Tools: 

-Nut Driver or Phillips Head Screwdriver (depending on model)


-Channel Locks

-Large Towel

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

Removing Maytag Washer Model MVWC300BW1 Water Supply Hoses with Channel Locks

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.

Guide belt

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.

Have a question, comment, or tip?  Leave it in the comments section below.  Be sure to like and share this post and to check out our other washer posts on the 1st Source Servall blog!

7 thoughts on “Why Isn’t My Washer Spinning? | How to Replace the Drive Belt in a Top Loading Washer

    • Thanks for your question Kevin! The set up for completing this repair is very similar to repairing your drive belt and the only additional tools you will most likely need (depending on your model) are a socket wrench and a Phillips head screwdriver.

      Once you have removed the Drive Belt (step 8), locate and remove the nut securing the Splutch Pulley Wheel using the socket wrench. If all you need to replace is the Pulley Wheel, simply swap it out with the new one and follow the remaining steps in this guide.

      If you need to replace the entire Splutch Cam Kit, you can find a repair guide for that on the 1st Source Servall Blog at this link: http://ow.ly/Tj40V

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