Question about Amana ALW480DA Top Load Washer
I removed motor pump assembly and removed torx screws bot cant get pump off did miss something
Steps for Replacing the Belt
Nut driver or socket set.
Torex screw driver.
1. Unplug the power cord from the
electric socket and remove the
2. Disconnect the power coupling
from the motor.
3. Disconnect the 2 hoses from the
pump. Be aware that the pump
still contains between 1 and
2 cups of water, and it WILL
all come out.
4. Remove the belt from the idler
arm, pushing the belt UNDER the
idler arm. Yes, your hands will
now be quite greasy.
5. Remove the belt from the main
transmission by pushing the belt
under the transmission pulley.
6. Remove the 4 bolts that hold the
motor assembly to the washing
machine body. Remove the motor
assembly with belt from the
7. Turn the motor upside-down. With
the torex screwdriver, remove the
3 bolts that hold the pump to the
motor. Remove the pump from the
motor (in my case, the motor shaft
fit into a slot in the pump; while
it was snug, it was not melted or
rusted, and did just come out).
8. Clean pump and motor as desired.
9. Install new belt and reverse the
steps to re-install.
Posted on Nov 12, 2007
Took the four bolts loose for the motor mounting plate, and slid the motor out, then removed the three torex screws from the pump, and slid the pump off. Put the new belt on the pulley and refastened the pump to the motor, slid the motor back into place, and spun the belt onto the drum pulley. I then fastened the 4 bolts back in place for the motor plate and was done in 10 minutes or less. Very easy for someone who is somewhat mechanically inclined. Don't be afraid of doing this project yourself!
Posted on Aug 19, 2009
I had the same problem...i took out all 3 torque screws and it wouldnt budge...watever you do, dont hit the pump with anything,cuz the last thing you want to happen is to crack that plastic....set the whole assembly on the floor...and position your feet on the motor to where you can grab the pump and just start wiggling the pump from side to side while pulling up on it....what happens is just dust and dirt sediment gets into where the motor shaft goes into the pump...and it makes it tough to pull off
Posted on Aug 13, 2009
This is my first major appliance repair and the entire process took me 8 hours from diagnosis, obtaining parts from store, fixing belt.
Excellent tips here make sure you have the Torx T20 as described. Additionally you will probably have greater success if you can remove ALL HOSES from the pump mechanism. I did this procedure with a T20 drill bit and crescent wrench. If you are unable remove the hoses from the pump you can turn the washing machine UPSIDE DOWN with two people and a 2-wheel dolly.
Attaching a new belt would seem easy however there are 3 plastic bolt housings that block the simple installation. You will need to remove the 3 bolts with the T 20 Torex screw driver once you have access to these bolts. To gain access you will need to remove the 4 bolts that secure the motor to the drum case. PULL THE MOTOR OUT of the opening that is covered by the access plate.
HERE IS THE KEY: If you have unhooked the hoses you can do this without turning the washer upside down. My hoses were old, partially coroded and stuck so I decided to turn the washer upside down to gain access to the 3XT20 Torx bolts (screw driver sold for $5.49 at hardware store.)
You will need to find an Appliance Parts Store in your area or order your belt to be shipped to your house. Good luck with your home appliance maintenance.
PS. Pay attention to the 3rd pulley that is located between the drum and motor drive pulleys. This is the idle pulley? I forgot loop the new belt around this pulley and found that during the aggitation cycle (counter clockwise belt movement) my new belt was slicing into the water discharge ( this could have caused a huge problem) . during the spin cycle (clockwise belt) this was not a problem however the belt was somewhat loser during this phase.
Posted on Oct 06, 2012
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