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My bread machine makes a clunk noise every 5 or 6 seconds as soon as you turn it on and it mixes or kneads. I called Sunbeam and they said the dough might be too dry, add h2o. Thats not it. I took out the basket and it still clunked, so I took off the bottom and watched as the belts went around and the noise was near the gears. What can I do to solve this, will I ruin the machine if I keep using it. I got it the other day, it was never used so I dont't have a store receipt for it. The breads came out fine and it went through all the steps . Help
We thought it was the fan belt at first ... however, when my husband took the bread machine apart he found out the it was the motor-mount sleeve ..
In order to fix the problem, you will need to take the machine apart and get to the motor ..
When you get to the motor, you will take the 4 nuts off the bottom of the motor-mounts ..
Then slide the 4 plastic sleeves out of the motor mount rubber garments ...
Grind or file an 1/8 of an inch off of the narrow end of the plastic sleeves ..
Replace the sleeves back into the rubber mount garments ..
Replace the nuts and snug them up being careful not to overtighten them ..
While you are in this far .. it would be a good time to replace the plastic fiber fan belt .. the part number is P25-236 Breadmaker Belt and you can purchase it at http://www.focuselectrics.com
The belts are the same for several of the westbend 2lb machines .. this will fit 41080 thru 41088 ..
Ok, put the housing and everything back together and your done ..
If you mechanical and careful, this should take you about an hour to complete ..'
Warning ... do not attempt to simply tighten the nuts on the bolt mounts .. this will only result in damaging the motor-mount and will not fix the problem .. you have to grind or file the sleeves 1/8 inch shorter .. there is no other way to do it ..
Hope this helps ..
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
It could be the belt is slipping or a loose gear. Take a look at the gear & belt assembly in the base of the machine. Also, make sure the sealed bearing in the bottom of the bread pan is not sticking. It should turn free by hand Hank
Posted on Feb 17, 2010
Testimonial: "thank you for the great suggestion"
paddles could be slipping. that was my issue. Here's the solution if so.
What happened in my case is that the nut holding the rotor that drives the left paddle was loose, allowing the paddle to slip. Only one paddle would knead and mix. The belts in my machine are fine, in fact so massive I can't imagine them breaking. But access? Yikes.
So, forget the screws on the bottom. They just hold on the feet. Remove all the screws around the top of the baking chamber, the two that hold the control panel on, and the remaining screws under it. There are about 12 screws. Remove the 6 at the bottom of the baking chamber, but not the 2 that hold down the element. Remove the metal sides of the baking chamber (it's one piece). All this is to get access to the screws that really hold the works to the base. They're around the perimeter of the metal chassis on which the motor and element are mounted. Remove them (get help or arrange something to keep the control panel from exerting too much pull on the wires to the element. You could unplug the control unit but I didn't need to.)
Once you lift the motor assembly exposing the belts underneath, you'll see what's loose. Each nut holds down a metal plate beneath the rotor. If it gets loose, the rotor can move more or less freely and won't turn. It looks like they applied an inadequate dab of glue to hold those in place. I should have put in a star washer to keep the nut from loosening again. Next time.
Good luck getting all the screws back in the right places ;-) Machine works fine now.
Posted on Jun 27, 2010
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