How to replace a belt on a washer
On some washers, mostly older models, a belt is used to
transfer power from the motor to the transmission and pump. If that
belt breaks, the washer will not operate properly but it will make
sounds like it is doing something. If the belt slips or is loose, the
washer may operate sporadically or erratically. It may make loud
squealing noises and there may be a burning smell. Some models use two
belts, one for the transmission and one for the pump.
To replace the drive belt, you will need to open the access panel or in some cases tip the washer onto its side to expose the belt on the
bottom. Start by removing the back cover, and look for a belt. If you
do not see a belt (or a place for a belt - the belt itself may have
broken and is hidden from view) and you can see the floor then your
washer is a direct drive model that does not use a belt. If you cannot
see the floor because there is a steel floor in the washer, locate the
motor and determine if it extends through the bottom plate. If so, then
the belt is accessed from beneath the washer.
If you have to tip the washer over, place a large piece
of cardboard on the floor to protect the floor and the washer's finish.
Because a washer is pretty heavy, you will need an able-bodied
assistant to safely tip the washer onto its side. Also, there will be
some water remaining in the washer, so have sponges and towels ready to
clean up any spill.
To remove the old belt unscrew the clamps securing the
pump coupling ( a leathery or rubber flexible part that connects the
motor to the water pump). Remove the pump coupling to slip the old belt
out. Some models instead require you to loosen the motor mounting bolts
and shift it inward to relieve tension on the belt. Remove the old belt.
Place the new belt over the
transmission pulley first then place it over the motor pulley. If it is
too tight, place the belt over the motor pulley's nearest edge and then
slowly turn the motor pulley to pull the belt around and into the
pulley. Replace the pump coupling or tighten the motor mounting bolts.
The belt should deflect no more than one half inch when you press on
the longest straight run.
Replace the cover and test the washer for proper operation.
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Sep 27, 2009 |
GE WBSR3140DW Top Load Washer