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Change belt. i smelled some burning rubber. i took off the front panel and see small bits of rubber and the belt seems loose. how do i change the belt for this model of washing machine (amana alw540ra).

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  • ltl puppet Oct 06, 2008

    After the water drains the smaller front pulley starts to spin but the belt doesn't move. It looks to be loose, and then where the small pulley touches the belt it starts smoking. The machine is almost 6 years old. Should I have this looked at or just get a new machine?

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This is a easy job for a tech but a hard one to regular people have to remove the transmition and thats is by removing a nut in the tub, so better call a tech and pay for it, is not to espensive repair at least in my area...good luck

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