I replaced our washing machine with a new belt but it keeps slipping. Is there a spring that tensions the motor. I noticed that the motor just moves around from side to side but I cannot see a spring. All the pulleys are in good condition and spin freely. thanks
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Re: replaced belt but it keeps slipping
There is a pivot spring on the side of the motor. It is a large "U" shaped spring. This is the only spring there is on this unit. The motor itself sits on a floating plate. Make sure this plate moves side-to-side. If it doesn't it will need to be broken loose.
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Remove the front panel by removing the three screws at the bottom of the panel and then tilting it up to unhook it at the top. Make sure the machine is disconnected from the electrical power - not just switched off but unplugged at the socket. Look for the belt between the electric motor and the main drive pulley of the agitator and also locate the belt tensioner which is a small pulley pressing against the belt under tension of a spring hook onto it. Pull and keep the tensioner away by hand to allow the removal of the belt starting at the motor pulley. Replace with the new belt by starting at the agitator pulley. Keep the tensioner pulley out of the way until the belt is fitted on both pulleys and then allow it to settle against the belt again. Do not adjust the spring tension and buy the correct belt from speed queen as it requires a graphite type belt. An ordinary vehicle v-belt will not work - repeat will not work. Replace the cover by hooking it in first at the top and then replacing the screws at the bottom.
If it keeps slipping off- purchase a replacement 'cos it will only keep slipping off!
REMOVE POWER FROM THE MACHINE AND REMOVE THE BACK.
The motor support bolts should be loosened and the old belt removed. Often putting the new belt on is a bit of a struggle, even with the motor 'loose', because it is new and smaller!
Once on it should be tensioned by pulling the motor against the belt firmly- but not over tight- and the motor support bolts tightened.
ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD ANY FORM OF LEVERAGE BE USED TO TENSION THE BELT. THAT COULD LEAD TO DAMAGE TO THE BELT, MOTOR AND BEARINGS- EXPENSIVE!
Hope this is your problem solved.
The drum is powered by a small motor and pulley, inside the unit and under the drum. A large belt wraps around the drum and pulley, and a spring "thing" provides tension so that the belt won't slip. The squeaking sound indicates that something is slipping, and the sluggish drum says that it's the drive belt. Take off the back, locate the motor/pulley/spring thing, and check the belt tension by observing the belt with unit operating. At that point you should easily locate the noise, at the motor (noisy bearing, lube or replace), belt warn (replace) or possibly the felt pads located at the top of the drum worn (not as likely but they do fail causing the drum to resist being spun by the motor to the point that the belt starts to slip. Hope this helps!
The motor is spring loaded to keep tention on the belt. The belt is designed to slip. When the washer is full of water the motor starts at 1725 RPM and the belt is a little loose. As the drum empties its water the belt gets tighter and the speed picks up to spin the water out of the cloths. If the cloths are not comming out as dry as they should, replace the belt. As the belt starts to wear it becomes shiny and doesn't grip the pully properly and slips too much.
I hope this helps.
sounds like your belt is worn or the tension spring too tight on belt the vee part of the belt should not be rubber it should look like a material type coating to let it slip until it gets up to full speed (It,s Meant to slip) If it,s worn the rubber in the belt will grip too much.Hope this helps.Cheers.
I'm guessing both of these problems are related to the belt slipping. There are several points to check.
the belt tension. I'm not familiar with the exact details of your machines, but the usually have a an extra pulley with a spring attached to give the belt tension. Alternatively, the motor is mounted on a movable frame that is held by some springs. These springs give the belt tension. In either case check the freedom of movement of the tensioning arrangement and the springs are providing the necessary tension to the belt.
Glazed belt/pulley - if the belt has been slipping it will polish the pulleys and this will reduce the friction necessary to drive the machine. To fix this the belt should be replaced and the pulley surfaces roughed up with some wet/dry emery paper (not too rough or it will wear your new belt out).
Belt is too old - the rubber becomes hard and brittle and ends up with the same effect as Glazed belt/pulley above. The fix is as per 2 above.
Sounds to me, your belt is slipping. The motor tensions the belt with springs. The motor slides in grooves to keep the belt tensioned. These grooves get gooked up with dust, dirt, rust, slime, etc. Move the motor back and forth a few time to clean the grooves. Also spray some lubricant on it to help clean it and make it slide freely. Be sure both sides slide back and forth in their groove. After doing this, your belt should stay tensioned enough not to slip during the spin cycle. No tools needed and even the average moron could do it. Hope this helped.