Why Won’t My Washer Spin? | How to Replace the Drive Belt in a Front Loading Washer


If you’ve found yourself with a washing machine that won’t spin or makes a squealing sound when it agitates or reaches the spin cycle, you most likely have a damaged or broken Drive Belt.  Unlike some washer repairs, this particular job is relatively quick and easy and is something you won’t have to call the repair man about.

Today we have a short step-by-guide on how to replace the Drive Belt on most Front Load Washing Machines.  If you need to replace a damaged belt in a Top Loading Washer, you can find that repair guide here.  


WH08X10024– General Electric Drive Belt

The Drive Belt is the part of the washer that connects the Drive Pulley and Motor Pulley to spin and agitate the washer tub.  If you don’t already have the replacement for your make and model, you can find Drive Belts and many other OEM Washer Replacement Parts on our website, 1stsourceservall.com.

*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:

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

-Channel Locks

-Large Towel (Optional)

Removing and Replacing the Drive Belt: 

1.) Make sure washer tub is empty.  Shut off the hot and cold water supply and unplug the appliance.

2.)Move the washer forward to access the back.

3.) Using the channel locks, loosen the Hot and Cold Water Supply Hoses and turn the rest of the way to remove using your hands.

Channel Locks Remove Water Supply Hoses

4.) Unhook the Drain Hose, there may be some water in the hose that will leak out

5.) Remove the mounting screws securing the Rear Access Panel of the washer using the Phillips head screw driver or nut driver and set aside

*Some washer models will not have an access panel, access the belt through the top panel of the washer.  

6.) Remove Panel Caps or Covers if applicable

7.) Slide the panel to release from clips and remove

8.) Locate Drive Belt, if broken simply remove and dispose of belt.  If still in place, slowly turn the Drive Pulley (larger pulley) while sliding the belt off.

9.) Line up and center grooved side of new belt with grooves on Motor Pulley (smaller pulley)

10.) Slowly turn the Drive Pulley as you slide the new belt on (belt will be tight) until centered on the Motor Pulley.

11.) Once on, turn the Drive Pulley a few more times in either direction to ensure belt is securely in place

12.) Replace the Access Panel, caps, and mounting screws

13.) Reconnect the Drain Hose.  Reconnect Water Supply Hoses, use channel locks to tighten.

14.) Turn the hot and cold water supply back on and plug in the appliance.

That’s all there is too it.  Altogether this repair typically takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  If you’re ever unsure before or during the repair, don’t hesitate to consult the owner’s manual or contact a service technician.

You can find many of the parts listed in this repair such as the Drive Belt, Drain Hose, Drive and Motor Pulleys, as well as thousands of other Washer Replacement Parts on our website!

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