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Burning rubber smell

I think my Maytag Neptune washer has a belt that is ready to go out. During the final spin cycle, there was a strong odor of burning rubber but no smoke. I had a heavy load of Levis so not sure if that is the problem or if it is getting ready to break down.

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  • ksmith1949 Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks, that is what I kind of thought. We did some more loads with less weight and no burning smell. It did smell like rubber the first time so thought a belt was slipping. Makes sense. Thanks!

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Even though manufacturers' love to advertise it, I personally would not load "too many items", as it may cause excessive normal ware and tear on your machine parts, motor, belt, etc.

Yes; the smell can be the belt and possibly your motor as well. The motor may be spinning, but the weight may be too much when the belt is engaging to rotate the drum. I would be careful not to burn the motor (About $120 - part only)

You should be able to access and inspect the drive-belt in the rear of the machine by removing an access panel (back of washer).

To replace the belt if fairly simple. Remove and re-install by wedging a long screw driver in between the belt and metal pulley (circular), while simultaneously rotating the pulley.

You may be required to make a belt repair if you start to have problems with your "washer not spinning" or "making a noise/not spinning"

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