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Whirlpool GHW9100LW1, belt came off

The washer would not move or spin, so I pulled the back cover off and found the belt had come off the pulley on the tub. But the pulley on the tub is extremely loose and wobbly and looks like it has cut into the tub. Is the cut in the tub a problem and is the pulley supposed to be that loose?

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  • HRNjr Feb 26, 2008

    Do I need to be looking for something else that might have caused the pulley to do this, or is this a common problem? The pulley will rotate about 2-3" around without turning the tub, thats how bad it is worn out! I also checked the shaft that the pulley is mounted on and there is not any play in it at all! The cut is all the through in some areas. It looks like it was about 1/4" to 1/2" thick. It was caused by the pulley rubbing against it. I have 2 cuts in the top of the tub about 2"-3" long and all the way through about the width of a small pocket screwdriver in a couple of places! Will the tub leak? Thanks for all the help!

  • bliu Mar 03, 2008

    We have the same problem with our washer. I took a look inside and the belt didn't come off, but is cutting into the back of the tub also. I was wondering, why does the wheel at the back of the tub not have a lip/ledge to prevent the belt from moving? How does the belt stay in one position for so long if so? Does this mean a new belt would solve the problem, or might ibe be something more? I would assume a tighter belt would not move/shift.


  • Sybil Owens
    Sybil Owens Mar 25, 2008

    I have Kenmore Elite He3 (same as whirlpool duet). I have replaced pulley 3 times since last year and the belt twice. My fear is the rear bearing as someone mentioned.

    Is this a hard undertaking?

    Any info would be great. I am band aiding it again, but will investigate that rear bearing job.


  • Anonymous May 03, 2008

    I've had the same problem with my Kenmore - replaced the drive pulley

    and it seemed to be fine for about 6 months and it's doing the same thing again... The bolt that's attaching the pulley to the drum seems to be

    cutting into the pulley as well.

  • tupperware Jul 01, 2008

    The belt came off my Whirlpool Duet GHW9100LW1. 2 months out of the 5 yr. warranty on the drive pully/belt system. The best I could get out of the manufacturer was 50% off of the parts. Big deal. They charged me $46.44 for the pully and belt. Shopping online, I found them for $56.00. Almost a thousand bucks for a machine that broke just over 5 yrs. If I didn't do the job myself, I'm thinking probably, a couple hund to have someone come and do it.I grabbed my 24mm socket and my battery impact and tightendup the nut it better hold. If it does not, I will surely make sure it grinds through the tub on the 9th year and they will have to come and replace the assy. under the 10 yr part of the warranty. My next machine will be a Kenmore for sure. They have been used by my family over 30 yrs. at least. My last one worked over 20 yrs. Just didn't look pretty enough for my wife. (Things we do for sex).  

  • sirkey777 Aug 26, 2008

    I had same problem at 4 yrs. The pulley is soft metal-- probably aluminum and it wears against the shaft that it turns against to move the basket. Basically it rounds out and begins to wobble which causes belt wear and cuts in the plastic tub. I bought a new belt, pulley, and nut-- replaced them myself. Got 11 months out of them and now same problem just occured. I wonder if JB weld would hold the pulley. I doubt it. I will never buy a whirlpool again-- parts are made to cheaply.

  • max0124 Aug 29, 2008

    Wow, lot's of postings! I've had my Whilpool duet for 4 years and am now into my 3rd pulley...and as a result my third belt. Don't know why they don't make the pulley out of something that will last...

  • Reidman Dec 15, 2008

    Glad I found this. Another Duet owner here. I love this machine but have exact same problem, wobbly tub pulley. Happened just outside of 5yr warranty as well, guess they knew something we didn't..ha ha. I will try rubber washer fix and tightening lock nut.

  • gr8turf Dec 16, 2008

    Same problem, pulley came loose on shaft and needs to be replaced.



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I had the same problem and being a procrastinator, I waited until the belt came off before launching a full scale investigation into the knocking noise it had been making for about a year. Here is what I found and below that is my no guarantees fix.....
I removed the nut and pulled the tub pulley off. I noticed the tub shaft has a "shoulder bolt" and the pulley could not be tightened onto the shoulder bolt with enough squeeze to keep the tub pulley from wobbling. Tolerance issue... maybe? I decided to measure the keyed tub shaft with calipers and found the thickest part of the shaft to be 1" ish. The Shaft is part of the tub bearing assembly (from my observation) and the tub shaft is part of the tub bearing which measured 1 1/4" diameter. I found a washer that was 1" inside diameter and 1 1/4" outside diameter and placed it over the tub shaft behind the tub pulley. I tightened the nut snugly and reinstalled the belt. Ahhhhh, quiet operation and no more wobble. I will let you know if it causes another problem but from what I can tell.... replacing the tub pulley with another of the same dimensions will not work.

you don't need a very thick washer(my washer is too thick (.1"ish) so I will replace it soon(yeah right) with 1/32" or maybe 1/16"...I used rubber but I think steel or brass or what ever would probably work too.

Purists will tell you that the lock nut should be replaced, or if you don't use the permanent thread locker you could use loctite.

Hope that helps.

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  • wish I new Oct 02, 2008

    if you want to order it online go to mcmaster carr

    see part number 95606A280. This is sold in packs of only need 1.


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Had same problem, and couldn't wait for ordered parts to come, so adapted the short-term solution from "wish I knew"... Used a #18 O-ring in place of the 1" x 1.25" washer. The O-rings came in pack of 10 from Lowe's for $2. Ideally, would have gotten next size up, because #18 O-rings are 15/16" ID x 1-3/16" OD, and went slightly egg-shaped... but this is a very short-term solution to get us washed and ready for Christmas travel. Seems to be working fine as a stop gap until we can get the new pulley in.

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No not suppused to be loose at all. repalce the pulley and pulley nut.cut in tub not a prob, it pretty thick plastic back there, def get a socket to fit that nut though cut my self plenty trying to use pliers or adjustable wrench. socket way to go

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons Feb 27, 2008

    if you have a problem past the pulley and belt, its with the inner tub(thats the shaft your pulley if attached to) and rear bearing(which is part of rear tub assy). real big job if needs doing, if you can get away with just replacing pulley(and pulley nut)and belt, go for it(remember to wind new belt on pulley like a bike chain, its tight but it will go!


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