Question about Ariston Technologies AWD120 13 lb. Washer / Dryer Combo
Need to put new bearings into drum but need to remove drum first how do you remove the drum we have undone all bolts the drum wont come out the top or the bottom , the pulley wheel wont come off can you help thanks
Lay the washing machine on its front & remove the back cover. Loosen the motor mount bolts (2 only) to allow the drive belt to slacken. Sit the drive belt aside. You will notice that the belt goes back into the clean shiny grooves in the motor pulley - be sure to put into the correct grooves when reassembling.
The drum pulley centre bolt is a normal right hand thread ie clockwise to undo. The pulley is then easily removed with a bearing puller.
Loosen the three bolts on the end of the 3 pronged mount, noting which is at the top of the machine - it only goes in the one way. Remove the three pronged mount from the machine. It will withdraw fron the drum shaft easily - worst case use the bearing puller again.
Next knock each bearing out of the three pronged mount with a drift, being careful to not damage the seal on one side. Put new bearings in (with 2RS seals are ok instead of 2Z type ie plastic seal is ok in place of metal seal for these bearings). Refit the seal last of all.
Put all back together & retighten the bolts firmly. Fit the drive belt (in the motor pulley shiny grooves) and retension the belt with the motor mount bolts (2 only) back in the original position.
Don't forget to put the machine back upright before test running!
I have also rebuilt a motor in one of these for about $100 if anybody needs to know how. Much better value than replacing one at $375+.
Posted on Aug 03, 2010
I just did this on a different model - it is a normal (right-hand) thread
This is best done with the machine lying in its front.
1 - If it's a Torx screw (probably a T40), buy a torx bit for a rachet spanner - Halfrauds do them for about a fiver - you may need an adapter as well if your rachet is 1/2 in drive. This is far better than using a bit in a screwdriver handle.
2 - Heat the pulley around the screw (careful use of blowlamp) as it's fitted with thead lock compund and this helps to soften it.
3 - If that doesn't do it, try a cold chisel and hammmer to knock it around - you need to break the thread lock initially. You might need to replace the bolt after this :-) and you need to be careful not to break the alloy pulley.
4 - If after removing the screw the pulleyt doesn't come off, try heat again and wiggle it off rather than a straight pull.
Bear in mind that after removing the pulley spider, getting the old bearings out and the one ones in is also best done with gentle heating and is not a trivial job.
Use blue thread lock compound when reassembling as this will come off easier next time.
Whole job, start to end took me took 3 1/2 hours
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
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