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Having similar problem. clothes still have water after spin. Cleaned out filter. belt dust everywhere and cut marks in back of rear tub.

pulley quite loose in all directions even when tightened. (ie when turning it has free play of two inches or so....I suspect some is necessary)
but is also loose into and away from the tub. so when I installed new and tighter belt it pulled the pulley into the tub.

do I need new basket as well as pulley?

why doesn't pulley have a self-centering feature.

is this common with this product?

thanks for any help you can provide, you seem to be the most knowledgeable of all the responses I have seen


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  • louielui Jul 01, 2008

    as an addition to my previous post......the pulley gets pulled TOWARDS the tub and the belt rubs the rear of the tub when I hand spin it to center it.

    Also, I just found out that the product numbers for the belt and the pulley have changed from the original repair parts list which came from the manufacturer. Does this mean that they have found some problems with the original design and changed it a bit?

  • louielui Jul 02, 2008

    Thank you reg501. I'll order new pulley today!



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I have a Whirlpool Duet HT washer [12-4-2003] and I'm on my 3rd pulley and 4th belt. I am convinced This is a inherent design flaw. I've used Loc-Tite and the nut loosened, but the last time I used gorrilla glue. The nut didn't come loose but the pulley failed and now I need giant vice grips or I may have to cut the nut off with my Dremmel. My hypothesis is when the drum is overloaded it puts stress on the shaft/pulley connection and the softer metal gives way. Over time the key becomes rounded and the pulley starts to wobble, thus leading to belt failure. My next version. Im considering drilling into the shaft and installing a cotter pin to keep the nut from backing off. Either way the problem originates with the pulley design.
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The basket shaft is made of hardened steel, whereas the pulley is made of aluminum. It is unlikely the shaft is damaged in any way. It is not uncommon that the pulley may fail with hard use and/or the nut will come loose causing the damage you describe. Part numbers are in a constant state of flux. The design may not necessarily have changed, the manufacturer may have discovered that a similar design used on other models will work on your machine, thus saving the manufacturer money on producing similar parts.
The pulley should fit tight and snug with no play whatsoever.

Unless the tub bearing has failed, you should be able to install a new pulley and nut to get your machine operating again. I strongly recommend applying blue loc-tight to the nut to insure the nut will not come loose in the future.

Note: when tightening the nut, use a block of wood between the pulley and tub to prevent injury to your fingers.

If you need further assistance, let me know

Posted on Jul 02, 2008

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    Richard Jul 02, 2008

    You stated something about belt dust..I would recommend a new belt also.

    If you need further assistance, let me know





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