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Belt Keeps Falling Off

Every time I do a wash the belt falls off and I have to put it back on which is really bothersome. Has anyone else had that problem? If so, how did you fix it?


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  • Slick_NYC Apr 10, 2008

    Thanks. Appreciate the response. If it falls off again I'm going to pull it out and do a more thorough check as you suggested.

    Am pretty sure the belt is OK, but maybe it is stretched or something. Am pretty sure I'm putting it on correctly.

    I'll have to check the motor spindle alignment. Am also pretty sure it's not broken. To confirm, the motor spindle is the bottom part, correct?

    Haven't noticed any cracks in the spokes.

    I'll pull it out this weekend to take a closer look. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • Slick_NYC Apr 17, 2008

    I've finally pulled it out of the closet to monitor a cycle. I think I have identified the problem.

    The nut on the end of the wheel was a bit loose causing the wheel to wobble slightly. I tightened the nut on the end of the wheel and it looks like it's helping but is creating a lot of squeaking noise.

    I am going to apply some WD 40 and try to tighten the nut as tightly as possible. Before I do this, can you confirm that is the correct course of action?

    Thanks again for your help.

  • Slick_NYC Apr 17, 2008

    Actually, upon closer examination of the wheel it looks like there might be a crack in it. Assume I need a new wheel, as well?

  • Slick_NYC Apr 18, 2008

    What I thought was a crack turned out not to be one so thankfully that is not an issue.

    It was definitely not easy to tighten the wheel but I managed to get a few turns in.

    The machine seems to be working much better now.

    Appreciate the help.


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Couple of things to check:

is there any sign of wear or stretch on the belt? (even if you can't see anything, you might want to try replacing the belt if there's no sign of a cause anywhere else)

are you putting the belt back onto the correct part of the spindle (adjust until the belt rides along the cetreline of the wheel on the back of the drum when you turn it by hand)?

are the motor spindle and the wheel on the back of the drum in line with one another (check the motor is properly on it's mountings)?

is the motor spindle complete (I have seen one with the last half inch broken off, making the belt fall off the end)?

is there any damage to the wheel on the back of the drum (look in particular for cracks in the spokes where they meet the hub casting)?


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    Alastair Macleod Apr 10, 2008

    Yes, the motor spindle is the shaft that comes out the motor, and is usually the bit the bottom of the belt goes round.


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    Alastair Macleod Apr 18, 2008

    Don't put WD40 on. It sounds like at least some of your problem is fretting between things that ought not to be moving relative to one another. Adding oil can only encourage this.

    If there's any movement at all in the crack when you try to wobble the wheel by hand, then I'm afraid you're going to need a new wheel.

    The good news is, if you've been able to tighten the nut at all, you'll probably be able to get it off too - some of them can be really hard to shift.



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