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The drive belt is not going on to easily. Is there a knack to it

I have been trying to fit the belt but it wont stretch over the drum wheel.
An engineer did it in two seconds What is the trick.

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There is no trick to fitting belt, remove top cover and fit belt round motor pulley first, and then gradually feed belt round drum pulley from the top, watch you don't trap your fingers, it is tight, but this I think is the easyist way to do it..
It helps if you tilt washer towards you.it gives you more space to work in.

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How do i fit a new belt


Replacing the belt on your machine is pretty easy. You will first need to take the top off. Depending on the model of your machine, there are either 2 screws at the rear of the machine that hold the lid on, or there is a screw at either side of the lid, about 3 inches back from the front, hidden under a couple of oval plastic covers about the size of your little finger nail (Note, these are torque "star" screws). Remove the screws and give the lid a sharp tap backwards with the heel of your hand to unclip it from its fixings. The lid will now lift off. Now go to the back of the machine and remove the lower oval cover (about dinner plate sized) that is held on by about 6 screws. This reveals the empty pump and the end of the motor drive shaft.

From the top of the machine, dangle the belt down and lasso the drive shaft of the motor, move the belt to the centre of the slotted shaft (you should see where the original belt was, because that section of the pulley will be shiny.

Now take the belt in one hand and holding the contact side of the belt (grooved side) against the large pulley wheel that drives the drum, slowly spin the drum pulley by hand, holding the belt in place where you first made contact with the drum with one hand, while guiding the belt on to the drum at the bottom of the pulley as you slowly spin it. The belt will stretch and after one full turn it will be in place. Now just check that the belt is in the correct position on the drum and motor pulley by spinning it a few rotations by hand.

OK, Job done. Now for the bad news. Drive belts just DO NOT "come off" or break on good machines. They come off because there is a fault. The really bad news here is that the usual reason is that the main bearings on the drum have failed causing the drum to "flop about" and causing the belt to dislodge. You should really check the bearings of your drum before you go buying a new belt, because if they have failed then the cost of repair will potentially write the machine off. Below are my standard instructions about checking bearings. Please let me know how you get on.

Sep 09, 2011 | Zanussi FLA1001W Front Load Washer

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Cant get my belt bak on really tight fit help


They have to be stretched tight, so it will appear a little small. Put the belt over the motor spindle first, now guide it onto the large drive wheel of the drum, hold the belt in the correct place on the large wheel as you slowly spin it to draw it onto the wheel and it will fit. Easy.

Now then, the nasty nasty bit and I hope I'm completely wrong here!

I have once and only once ever come across a washing machine that needed a belt replaced because the belt was faulty. 99 times in a hundred, if the belt has "fallen off" and "keeps falling off" it's because of another problem. They can't simply fall off because they have nowhere to go except on the track they are set on. If your belt has fallen off, I would put good money on there being an underlying problem with the main bearings in the drum failing, allowing the inner drum to "flop about". and allowing sufficient latteral movement in the the large drive wheel for the wheel to wobble and allow the belt to slip off.

To test your bearings, open the door of the machine and by putting a little lifting pressure on the top of the inner drum, attempt to rock the stainless steel inner drum up and down.

The outer drum is mounted on springs and shock absorbers, so it will rock about (and it should do this) but the inner drum should not move up and down in relation to the outer drum. There should be ABSOLUTELY NO PLAY between the 2 drums, even the tiniest amount will mean the bearings have failed.

If the bearings are bad enough then other symptoms will typically include:

A clonking noise as you lift and release the inner drum (this is the inner drum rattling on its bearings and/or hitting the outer drum)

You will have become aware of the spin cycle becoming far noisier recently and possibly even a grinding crunching noise when the machine spins.

The drum may feel like something is crunching or stopping you turning it when you spin it by hand with the door open.

A leak from under the machine, which you will probably be able to trace to the back of the machine, coming from the centre of the drum. This is a result of the failing bearing allowing water to escape through the seal at the rear.

This is NOT a job for the uninitiated DIY enthusiast as it will mean stripping the machine and removing the drum from the chassis, splitting it, removing pressed in bearings and then sourcing and re-fitting new bearings.

To be frank, the cost of a bearing set (if they are replaceable, and most are) will be about £20 ($30) or so. But it's a long and horrible job if you haven't done it before. I know professionals who claim they can do a bearing change in under an hour, I've done a few and it takes me about 2 hours by the time I've ripped the machine apart and reassembled it after the bearing swap. A local repairer will probably attend and swap out your defective drum for a refurbished one and then take yours away so he can refurbish it and put it back in his stock. Sadly, this will take the price up to the point where you need to question if the expense is worth it or do you get a new machine instead.

Feel free to drop a comment back on this thread if I can provide more help.

Jul 21, 2011 | Hotpoint Washing Machines

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How do i fit a belt to a hotpoint wf541g washing machine? The belt does not want to stretch around the drum wheeel and motor pulley.


You cannot stretch a belt. There should be a bolt on the motor that you can loosen to allow the motor to pivot, allowing you to easily install the belt.

Apr 09, 2010 | Washing Machines

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How do i fix on a drive belt to a washing machine?


There is a removeable cover at bottom rear of washer..
Undo this, and you will see the motor and belt.
It will be very tight to put on, but this is normal as it is a stretch belt, that is why there is no adjustment on motor.
Hope this helps you .
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Jan 25, 2010 | Hotpoint Aquarius WF220 Front Load Washer

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I can't figure out how to get the belt back on...I can't figure out how to get it past the spin shaft


Put the belt on the thin motor spindle first. Once this is done, lift the edge of the belt just onto the left edge of the large wheel that drives the drum. Now spin the wheel clockwise and ease the belt into place. It will go on surprisingly easily

Oct 07, 2009 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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Fitting a new drive belt to a hotpoint aquarius


Remove lower rear panel, tilt washer forward, getting someone to help, and fit belt round motor pulley, then fit belt round drum pulley, slowly turning the drum pulley round as you feed the belt on, it is very tight, and you might think the belt is to small, but this is normal, as the belt stretches, just persist, but be careful you do not trap your fingers. Good luck.
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May 10, 2009 | Hotpoint Aquarius WF000 Front Load Washer

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Cant get new drive belt to fit washing machine. right one but cant get it to stretch enough to fit from drum wheel to motor


this is a common problem as nowadays stretchy belts are used in order to avoid motor adjustment.
fitting requires some brute force. the way i do it is to put the belt on the motor pulley then start it as much as i can on the drum pulley. turn the drum pulley keeping force sideways to push the belt on and as you turn, the belt will go on

Oct 21, 2008 | Hoover Washing Machines

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remove the rear panel screws, remove side panels, pull drum backwards, slide belt down front of drum and under, refit rear panel screws refitting drum at the same time, place belt around motor spindle and reasemble, job done.

Dec 24, 2007 | Washing Machines

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Belt has come off


I have fitted a replacement belts on a few older machines (Hotpoint WMA series). The procedure is likely to be very similar on yours.

Check your belt for wear - if it fits really easily it may already be stretched and will come off again quickly. A replacement is less than £20.

1/ Turn off power and disconnect.
2/ Check you have Turned off power and disconnect.!

3/ You best course of action is to open the lid. You will need tools. Torx set etc. Look for little finger nail size plastic covers over torx heads on the sides. Remove lid (push back and lift).

Once opened you will see large drive wheel connected to the back of the drum and the drive motor is at the bottom. Use a torch if its dark!. You will need to ensure the belt is fixed around both of these. This is not easy to do. And try not to pinch your fingers.

It may help to remove the concrete block on top of the drum to give you more room. Use large spanner. (You must remember exactly how this is fitted to refit)

4/ Dangle the belt around the motor spindle and lightly pull it to stop it sliding off. Next pull the belt round one side of the drum wheel. Gently rotate the drum until the belt is looped round the drum wheel and the drive motor at the same time. Sounds easy? it's not.

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