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How do I replace the belt on my Amana LWA60AW washing machine?

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I found the exploded parts views for that model number branded as a Maytag. Look to see if the are the same on the link below:
http://www.partselect.com/AdvancedModelSearch.aspx?ModelNum=LWA60AW&mfgModelNum=PLWA60AW&fkMfgID=1
Use the parts diagrams as a reference.
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

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The repair sounds worse than it is.

2 hose clamps
4 big bolts
3 torx screws
a little wiggling and viola!

hints: take a good look (or digital pix) of the belt before you remove the pump, keep a few large towels around to handle the water in the hoses and to cover the front edge of the machaine to make it more comfortable when you're removing and installing the motor, the connector has a latch you have to press while removing the cable, the mounts for the motor frame/pump assy. need to be sprung out a bit when reinstalling.

Comment: the shaft from the motor is "double-D" shaped and slips into a plastic fitting in the middle of the pump. I don't see how you can break the pump unless you drop the motor assy on it...

Kudos to "sir fixalot" for giving me the courage to rip in to it...

Posted on Mar 05, 2008

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