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It's a timing belt, so it isn't supposed to stretch. There is no tension adjustment that I can see. Are the 4 motor screws in place and tight? Is either the motor or the kneading paddle drive shaft turning in its drive wheel? Is the frame bent and causing the belt to walk off one of the pullies? Another problem can be that the bearing in the pan won't turn, then you'll get a loud bump as the drive mechanism tries to turn the paddle in the pan. If this happens, try to free up the paddle by hand so it turns. Then when you bake, always put the oil in the recipe in first and rotate the paddle a few turns to work the oil into the pan bearing. If the oil gets in first, it will keep the water out and the pan will work fine. I've been getting away with this approach for hundreds of loaves.
Add enough near boiling water to cover bottom. Wait 5 minutes. Drain off water. Add oil that you would use to make next loaf of bread. Rotate paddle back and forth to loosen up. I always add oil first to "lube" paddle shaft.
If you baked bread in it and cannot get the paddle free, put enough water in the pan to cover the paddle and let it set for 5 or 10 min to soak the bread crust that formed between the shaft and the paddle. Then take a hold of the shaft on bottom of pan with hand or pliers to hold it still and try to work the paddle clockwise with other hand until it becomes unwedged from shaft. Sometimes it gets wedged on shaft pretty tight due to the beating against dough ball and cooked bread holds it tightly wedged.
Hi...The paddle shaft fits tightly on a sealed bearing. This allows the shaft to spin freely. Over time the sealed bearing wears out, the shaft gets loose and liquid will leak through. Unfortunately there is no fix for this and a new bread pan is needed. sorry...Hank
Your shaft coupler / motor coupler has likely broke. Not too hard to fix yourself, but you will have to remove the water from the washer first.
Remove the clothes, place them in the bathtub. Roll a garden hose from the washer to outside where drain water won't matter. Tape the garden hose to the drain hose, and lower the drain hose to the floor. Water will flow through the garden hose outside. Turn the washer over, follow directions supplied with new part, and replace the motor coupling. When finished, reorient the washer, remove the garden hose, place drain hose in the drain stand pipe. Run the washer through a couple of full cycles, then rewash the clothing.
Hi, Thank you for visiting Fixya. The tab you speak of is called the paddle. The paddle sits on a shaft that is pressed into a sealed bearing. This shaft is not supposed to move in the bearing. If the shaft moves the bearing will lose it's seal and lubricating fluid (oil) will leak out. The snap ring, bearing, and shaft are put together before they are installed into the pan. If you can't fit the ring back onto the shaft so the shaft doesn't move, then you should hunt around for a new bread pan. P.S. Putting soapy warm water in the pan and letting it sit for a while will free up the paddle so it lifts off the shaft. Also lubricating the shaft with a squirt of olive oil will help stop the paddle from sticking on the shaft. Good Luck...Hank
Hi, The shaft is pressed into a bearing that is molded and stamped in the bottom of the pan. This bearing is sealed and allows the shaft and paddle to spin freely. The rest of the parts on the other end of the shaft interact with the motor on your machine. They do wear out and can not be repaired because the worn parts are not available individually.
Sorry to say there are no repairable parts, so it's time for a new bread pan. I don't know the brand of your machine so you can google or check ebay.
Perhaps you could tilt the machine and unscrew the motor's rotating part. The plastic nut turns counter-clockwise to undo (i.e. normal), should only be hand-tight.
Then when you look at the motor coils, do you see water?
Is there water in the 'webs' of the tub base above? If so, is the water in just the web that has the drain hole at the top? That is the drain hole for the shaft seal, just above the bearings. If it leaks there, it suggests a faulty/mis-fitted seal, or that the shaft is worn after thousands of washes.
Otherwise, refit the motor rotor and check that the drain pump (next to it) is clicked into place properly. It twists and clicks to lock.
We had exactly the same problem. We contacted Panasonic who supplied bogus "advice" about changing the type of flour and using more water. We eventually discovered the reason for the problems: the mixing paddle was now a loose fit to the spindle. Part way through the baking process it would stick. We also have a solution. You jam tin foil in the gap between the spindle and the paddle, it works a treat. Don't waste you money on a new paddle, this won't be a tight enough fit.