Question about Amana ALW540RA Top Load Washer
Our belt on this washer went out and we ordered a new belt. We are now trying to put the new belt on but can not figure out how to do so. Can you expalin an easy way to do this?
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Remove drain hoses, motor
Move motor inward while removing belt from pulley under tub
Three screws with star heads hold pump to motor and careful when removing pump--it could crack if it is frozen to motor shaft.
Posted on Jan 04, 2008
remove the 4 bolts holding motor to tub and frame remove wire harness from motor remove pump hoses turn assembly upside down 3 torx screws hold pump to motor note routing of old belt around idler pulley and pump studs reinstall in reverse
Posted on Apr 24, 2008
Do you mean the water pump? If so, it's likely rusted on the shaft. I used a couple 15" screwdrivers as pry bars. Got it off, didn't break the pump, you might not be so lucky. Clean the shaft with scotchbrite, a dab of silicone lube will make it easier next time. If you have a camera take a couple pics BEFORE you take it all apart. The belt will fit 2 different ways, and one way will chew up the plastic pump support post. Don't ask how I know. (Took a lot of effort to get it off, but you have to in order to change the belt. A new pump, if needed, is about $20 around here.....)
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
you have to take back off,,always unplug first..thats it just remove back take screws out all the way around back,,put belt on motor than spin drum pully...
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
I have a similar amana top load washer and just changed the belt. Here are the steps I used to change the belt:
1) Unplug the washer
2) Slide the washer away from the wall about 12"
3) Remove two screws from the bottom of the front panel, slide the front panel down (there are 2 metal tabs that slide into slots on the top of the front panel - observe how they slide into/out of the slots). Set the panel aside.
4) Remove the electrical connector (upper left of motor). Press down on the top of the plastic connector - this will undo the catch hook holding the connection in place). Observe how the belt is routed before proceeding.
5) Remove 4 bolts holding the motor in place. You can remove the motor - even with the water pump and hoses in place - they will flex.
6) Remove the water pump from the motor. There are 3 torx - head screws to remove. Note: You will need a star shaped (torx) head driver (Looks like a screwdriver but with a "star" head on it. The one I used measured just under 3/16 in diameter.
7) carefully remove the water pump. - remove the old belt from main pulley under washer drum and also from the water pump. Insert the new belt - be sure to put the tension pulley on the outside of the belt.
8) Reinstall the water pump to the motor. Reinstall the motor. Route the belt correctly in the water pump body area first - them slide the belt around the left side of the main drum pulley - rotate the pulley counter-clockwise and the pulley will tug the belt onto the pulley. Once in place - check bolts and belt - then reattach the electrical connector (remember to press the plastic lever on top of the plastic connector before sliding it in place). Reattach front panel - slide the top of the panel onto the metal tabs - then attach screws at the bottom.
Posted on Feb 28, 2009
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