I'm trying to put a new drive belt on my washing machine, I have it loose from all the pullys, but there is a rod with a nut on it that prevents the drive belt from coming completely off the machine, is there another way to remove the drive belt without having to mess with the agitator assembly?
Hello, ok if this is an older washer then you might want to call a pro. This job takes me no more then an hour to an hour and a half and I have been doing it for 20 years. This is really hard job and you might make things worse. Thank you
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On this style washer the motor has a belt and pully type clutch under the machine called a splutch.There has been an ongoing problem with the nut coming loose and dropping the belt/pully down which in turn hits the safety shield.
Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
I always recommend the purchase of a new belt anyway- but you appear to have one!
REMOVE POWER FROM THE MACHINE AND REMOVE THE BACK.
The motor support bolts should be loosened and the old belt removed. Often putting the new belt on is a bit of a struggle, even with the motor 'loose', because it is new and smaller!
Once on it should be tensioned by pulling the motor against the belt firmly- but not over tight- and the motor support bolts tightened.
ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD ANY FORM OF LEVERAGE BE USED TO TENSION THE BELT. THAT COULD LEAD TO DAMAGE TO THE BELT, MOTOR AND BEARINGS- EXPENSIVE!
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Thanks and good luck!
These belts are really sensitive. Try messing around with it. Making srue that the belt isnt coming off the big tub pully. You tub pully isnt loose is it. Make sure the bolt that hold the pully onto the tub is tight on. Make sure the pully isnt loose. Inspect it for any small craks where that boltt tightens up. If the pully check out ok. Check the small motor pully as well. Make sure that isnt loose or anything. Pull on it if if its loose then thats you problem.. Inspect both pullys good. I would assume belt is in good shape right? If both pullys check out ok, then i would try to get the belt on and just mess around with it, spin the pully and if you se the belt starting to slip off adjust it as you keep spinning the pully....hope this helps
first you need to figure out if you have an automatic tensioner or an adjustable one. so look at the pullies which ones are not accesories (ie not an alternator pully, power steering.) some pullies will just be on there own not driving anything. is this pully connected to something like this O>o <--this end is the pully.
pully mounting bolt ^ ^arm with hole for rachet
or does it look like the pully is attached to a threaded pole.
the auto adjuster need a rachet to pull back on it (because it's spring loaded) while you install the new belt.
the other need the nut on the pully loosened and the threaded pole loosened will move the pully removing tension from the belt (opposite will tension the new belt).
bingo they run crooked sometimes,,and sometimes there just defective,,if you have the back of already ,,just slip it over motor pully,,,than the tub pully hold wiht 1 hand and turn the big pull with the other...onthejob
My Maytag Performa was making the loud squealing noise. I changed out the water pump/bearing, took care of the problem.
Putting a new belt on just help burn up the bearing (they needed replacing) and probably ruined the new belt. Probably seized the water pump bearing and the belt jumped and broke the motor pully. A washing machine motor is very strong, when that h20 pump bearing seized (or possibly some bearings jamed up) the motor kept on turning that belt and the plastic pully gave in. You'll need to replace that also. If the h20 pumb bearing is turning freely, likely the bearings jammed up but or now loose. That bearing should be tight, no slack or play in it. You can probably wobble the pully on it all around while turning it. The slightest slack is too much.