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How do I replace the drive coupling?

The machine became unbalanced during the wash cycle, smelled like burning rubber and stopped working.

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Ok ...unplug unit first...remove the 2 screws on each corner with a phillips head screw driver..if the screws are not in the front console corners there on the back...now flip the console back and let it hang..look at the top of unit remove lid swtch connection..2 gray wires on one side and a brown and greenist,,connnected by a white connector...ok at each end theres a brass clip on booth corners..pry the up with small screw driver...now pull the cabnit toward you,,jus the cabnit ,,move it to the side,,now we have to kneel down,,,the white plastic pump have to be remove,,push the bottom clip down and the upper clip up..i do it with my hand you made need a pair of pliers..dont take the 2 big black hose of pump just let the pump hang,,,ok your going to reach around on the right side of the motor and remove that connection just press down on the top on the connection clip...good ...now remove the motor clips you may have a 1/4 nut driverscrew through the clip ..remove clips the same way you removed pump clips..now change your broken drive coupling...just reverse to put toghter...onthejob please rate on completion..

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