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The belt is in the back

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Jan 10, 2018


SOUNDS LIKE THE LATCH IS NOT WORKING AS IT SHOUD. I WOULD START BY REPLACING IT FIRST.

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on May 24, 2014


have u tried clearing the filter

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on May 24, 2012


give it a swift kick, that should do it... or tip in on its side... and if that doesnt work just burn it and cut your losses!!!

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Oct 29, 2011


Hi.

If he machine works and no error is shown on display, then it is usually the belt, located at the back of the drum.

The first step in troubleshooting will be accessing the belt at the back of the washer. Second step will probably consist in belt replacement. The belt is usually the problem, but should the belt be OK, motor and control modules (there are two, motor control and central control) must be tested. Check belt first.

About the replacement, the belt routing of Zanussi is the same as the one reported in the Electrolux service manual below (Electrolux builds Zanussi, models are the same with different names).

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Here an Electrolux service manual.

Below a movie showing how to replace a belt:


About the spare part you can call Zanussi/Electrolux phone number listed on the owners manual to order a new belt. Or you can try entering the full model number in one of the many online spare sellers. See the examples below:

Currys partmaster.co.uk

ZanussiParts

Zanussi Spare Parts

Zanussi Parts, Zanussi ...

Regards.

Ginko
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Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Sep 28, 2011


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

I would gently suggest as a first step that you clean the drain motor/pump lint tray/filter. So many 'faults' are caused by blocked filters and many machines will not even go to rinse or spin or release the door lock if there is any water still left inside.
Following are my complete and hopefully 'coverall' pre-typed guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)
REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT (alternatively use a wet vac as sensibly suggested by VinnyB1234!)
If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!). These panels are either held on by (plasic) screws or will just pull off. Most filters are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play.
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
Now- whilst the filter is removed it is normally possible to see the drain motor and ensure it is not jammed by a foreign object such as a needle or a toothpick. It should be able to be turned by hand/finger- the power IS OFF!
At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. Using something suitable like a glove see if it is easy to briefly slow the motor down. If it is easy then the motor is malfunctioning.

If this has assisted you please consider a 4 thumbs up for the rating.
Thanks and good luck!
John C

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Sep 09, 2011


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
I would gently suggest as a first step that you clean the drain motor lint tray/filter. So many 'faults' are caused by blocked filters and many machines will not even go to spin or release the door lock if there is any water still left inside.
Here are my complete guidance notes for checking both the drain motor filter and the drain motor ;-0)
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If you are unsure where the filter is, it is often behind the front lower (kick) panel (or in some machines at the rear in an awkward position!) and most are held in by a round cover/knob. Sometimes the filter will not come out with the cover and you will have to persuade it to come out to play!

REMOVE POWER AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A WATER RECEPTACLE/RAGS TO SOAK UP THE WATER WHICH IS BOUND TO POUR OUT!
It's surprising what people have found in theirs! It is always worthwhile checking it on a regular basis.
Now- whilst the filter is removed it is normally possible to see the drain motor and ensure it is not jammed by a foreign object such as a needle or a toothpick. It should be able to be turned by hand/finger- the power IS OFF!
At this point it is also possible to test if the motor works. No clothes or water in the machine, select a spin cycle and put the power back on. You should be able to see the motor turning at some point, possibly straight away. Using something suitable like a glove see if it is easy to briefly slow the motor down. If it is easy then the motor is malfunctioning!

If this has assisted you please score accordingly.
Thanks and good luck!
John C

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Apr 13, 2011


Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
If you are certain that the motor is not working it could be that the motor IS actually faulty. It could also be that the control PCB is not telling it to work. It could be that the wiring to the motor has poor contact. I think that your best bet is to call a technician to diagnose exactly what is wrong as it is impossible for us to diagnose remotely, sorry ;-0(
Good luck,
John C

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Mar 18, 2011


Hi, E90 appears to be caused by faulty connectors to the main circuit board which appears in the bottom right corner, if you're looking at the washer from the front with the lid off (looking down into washer). This is fixed by reseating, cleaning the connectors.

remove 2 screws at the back which secure the top,
push the top backwards,
unplug the connectors to the front panel,
vibrations due to unbalanced load may have loosened them,
push them firmly back in socket,
pushed the top (back to front, make sure a plastic tab seats properly to secure front part of top panel) in place and fastened the screws,
power on,
run the machine empty for minimum cycle - rinse only.

Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Feb 25, 2011


  • Wait to see if the water will drain on its own since there may be delays of up to three minutes between cycles.

  • Unplug the washing machine to avoid risk of electric shock.

  • Confirm that the drain hose is not "kinked," or trying to drain from a height of more than 8 feet from the floor.

  • Remove the front service panel at the bottom of the washing machine by unscrewing the three small screws using a screwdriver.

  • Drain the tub by opening the drain plug, which is located under the washer door adjacent to the pump. Use a bucket or large plastic bag to contain the water.

  • Clean any lint, coins, pens, screws, clothing or other items out of the drain.

  • Blow into the drain hose to determine if there is anything clogging it.

  • Feel the pump. If it is hot, it may also be clogged. Remove the pump, open the tension clips and remove any debris from inside the pump.

  • Reassemble the pump. You may need to replace the factory-supplied tension clips with metal screw clamps.


  • Zanussi IZ161S... | Answered on Jan 29, 2011

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