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How do you replace the drive belt on a front loading washing machine.

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Hello, welcome to FixYa.

As with most things they vary from one model to the next.

Generally you'll need to remove the back panel and rap the belt first around the motor pulley and then turn it like a bike chain around the larger drum drive pulley ( watch your fingers for pinching...oouch ! )

It should resemble this, though it is only one model...WFK2401, but essentially the same.

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  • sheba95 Aug 21, 2010

    We had found the belt already off. Thanks, it was like replacing an old fan belt on an older car, but it keeps sliding off the big pulley towards the drum. Is it stretched and we need to replace?



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  • Use the screwdrivers to remove the screws in the rear access panel of the washer and then pull off the panel.

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