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I have a 1998 Hotpoint top load washer & I need to get to the belt to see if it is loose or bad. How do I get back-bottom off to get to it?

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Access to that era machine should be thru the front. Locate clips at top of front panel between the front panel & top "seam" on either side. Use a flat screw driver or a puddy knife, while applying a forward force to these clips (one at a time of course) pull gently towards you on the front panel, it should come free and ready to remove from the bottom hangers/clips. Now you ahould see the motor, belt, tranny, pump, tube etc. If you witness alot of oil splattered all over the inside, well that can cause belt to slip, burn and ultimately break...but more importantly; trans is toast :( Hope that helps, Good luck

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