How to replace washing machine belt

Are you wondering how to replace washing machine belt? Is your washing machine drum not spinning?

May Be the problem come from the drive belt may it Be damaged or broken so you have to replace it if you find it difficult to that you’re in the right place.

To replace washing machine belt is one of the easiest repairs that you can do without a professional.

Drive belts have to be particularly tight to stop them from slipping, so they are stretched from the motor up to the drum pulley. They can sometimes be tricky to fit.

How to replace washing machine belt

How do I know if my washing machine belt is bad?

  • Your washing machine will be making a weird sound as it runs.
  • the belt is slipping and it makes a “squeak” slipping sound.
  • The motion of the washing machine will not be what it is supposed to be.
  • Your washing machine drum won’t be spinning correctly.
  • You will open up a viewing port on your washing machine and look at the belt. You will notice that it is frayed, broken, stretched, or in some other way bad.

How do I know if my washing machine belt needs replacing?

Does it agitate? That is does it spin back and forth during the wash cycle ok? The agitate and spin are through the same drive belt,

so if it does one and not the other it’s probably not a belt or motor issue.

When it gets to the spin cycle does it try to spin, do you hear the motor or anything run or does the drum try to spin?

Possible your outlet filter is clogged, check this out.

If this is not the problem check out your outlet pump.

after you have the wall plug off.

How to replace washing machine belt in 2 different models

In this article, we’ll show you how to replace washing machine belt in the front load and top load washing machine step-by-step.

so please follow these steps and instructions below:

How to replace a belt on a front load washing machine

What tools you need for this repair:

  • pliers
  • Torx 20 screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • New belt

Step1. Unplug the washing machine and turn off the water supply

remember any time you work on an appliance make sure it’s unplugged or the circuit breakers are off so there’s no chance of electrocution, also make sure you turn off your hot and cold water supply.

Step2. Remove back access panel of your washing machine

1. take the hose off since it’s snapped into the back panel.

  • use pliers to snug the clamp that holds the hose to the panel, snap them out of their holders.
  • pull the hose off.

2. remove all the screws that hold in the back panel.

  • Use torque 20 drivers and loosen and remove all the screws that hold the back panel.

before you can take the panel off you have to:

3. take the shipping bolt covers off.

The covers are located on the back panel, they kind of lock the back panel to the washer.

  • lift up on one side pull them out.

once you have all those covers off we should be able to:

4. pull the back panel off.

Once you pull the back panel off you’ll have the access to the inside to change the belt.

Step3. Remove the old belt.

the first thing we have to do is get the belt off the motor it’s pretty easy all you have to do is spin the pulley and it’ll drop off if you pull on the belt.

Step4. Install the new belt.

To put the new belt on you have to:

1. line the grooves.

  • put the grooves on the motor and then stretch it over the right side of the pulley.

keeping tension on it so it doesn’t fall off the motor pulley.

Once you put the belt on the motor and stretch over the pulley.

2. make sure you hold the pulley turn it and kind of let the pulley stretch out the belt.

Note: make sure it’s centered in the drive pulley.

3. give it a spin or two to make sure that it’s on there good and it’s not going to fall off.

Step5. Put the back panel on

1.  heat it up under the panel and push it in.

2. line the holes up and put the middle screw in first to hold it in place and then you can go around and do all the screws.

3. put back in the shipping bolt covers

  • slide them into place so you can slide them in and then snap them into place.
  • make sure that the rounded edge of the covers  is on the outside 

4. push the drain hose back on 

  • and push the drain hose up into place.
  • move the clamp up to secure it.
  •  run whatever excess you didn’t have or use through these clips

now that you’re done repairing the washing machine.

Step6.

plug your washing machine back, and in turn, the water back on.

How to replace a belt on a top load washing machine

What tools do you need for this repair:

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • New belt

Step1. Unplug the washing machine and turn off the water supply

remember any time you work on an appliance make sure it’s unplugged or the circuit breakers are off so there’s no chance of electrocution; also make sure you turn off your hot and cold water supply.

Step2. Remove the front panel of your washing machine

1. insert a putty knife under the main top to release the two spring clips securing the front panel

2. pull the front panel forward and lift it up to remove it.

If your top load washing machine has screws on it that hold the front panel.

3. Use a screwdriver and remove all those screws.

Step3. Remove the old belt.

1. Locate the washing machine’s drive belt.

2. detach the old drive belt

3. Use the screwdriver to unscrew the pump coupling.

4. slide the old belt off of the drive belt notch

Note: If the belt is broken, be careful not to leave any pieces in the washing machine’s interior.

Step4. Install the new belt.

1. Slide the new washing machine drive belt over the drive belt pulley in the machine.

2. Carefully stretch the belt up and over the second pulley before releasing it.

3. Use the screwdriver to re-attach the pump coupling.

4. Test the drive belt’s tension. If it is looser, tighten the pulleys to increase the belt’s tension.

Be aware that the new drive belt may be slightly smaller than the drive pulley  and will need to be stretched to be installed if so:

  • zip tie the belt to the right side of the pulley with the flat side facing outward.
  • slide a belt install tool onto the motor shaft to make installation easier.
  • loop the belt onto the motor shaft and rotate the drive pulley counterclockwise to helpfully align the belt.
  • with the new belt installed you can remove the zip tie and the install tool if applicable.

Step5. Replace the front panel.

1. Reposition the front panel by aligning the tabs on the base with the slots at the bottom of the panel.

2. Align the pins on the front of the cabinet with the holes in the front panel and snap the panel into position.

3. Use a screwdriver and tighten your screws if your washing machine has it.

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Elhoucine

My Name is Elhoucine I am a passionate blogger, I have been searching and reading about the newly released gadgets, appliances, and products, and through this blog, I am trying to share some of the acquired experience to help you with everything related to home.