Question about Whirlpool GHW9100L Front Load Washer
I have received a new belt for the machine because the old one just fell off so I didn't get to see how it was put on, and now I can't get this new belt on. It seems like the belt is too small but I have confirmed 4 times that it is the right belt number.
Get it on yet?? Its easy put it on motor first then start on big pulley then rotate pulley while routing belt it just stretches PLEASE rate my help as solved as all other ratings dock us
Posted on Oct 03, 2007
I need to replace my belt. it seems to be to short. is it as simple as starting it on the motor and guiding it on the pulley. i have to replace the pulley to. my nut also backed off. it wore the pulley bad, also a little on shaft.i have a new pulley,belt, and nut.i thank you for any advise that you can give.
Posted on Mar 07, 2009
I personally own a Whirlpool front loader (which I got for dirt cheap because the drive pulley had failed... which meant that I had to replace the belt too) and have repaired many of them.
I have to back The Dr on this. Whirlpool gave you incorrect information. The motor does NOT have to be removed (or even moved!) in order to replace this belt. It IS tight! Just the way it's supposed to be. But, removing the motor to install the belt? No way. The guy you hire to come do this job will take longer to get the washer put back in place than it'll take him to put the belt on.
There may be something that's missing here, though. And that is... "Why'd the belt come off in the first place?" The motor pulley and the drive pulley should be lined up EXACTLY. If they aren't, the belt will throw. You may have a larger problem than just the belt. (That's how I got my front loader... the nut on the drive pulley backed off allowing the drive pulley to "wobble". This did 2 things... wore out the drive pulley and threw the belt off. Long time customer of mine bought a new one and called me to come pick this one up.)
Bottom line, Debisar? I think you may have jumped the gun on rating The Dr's post... he was dead on accurate. We apologize that you feel that you were treated inappropriately however, I'd like to encourage you to understand that the appliance repair technicians on this board are ACTUALLY technicians. (just like the guy you called to come out and fix your machine). We are here to help, but we don't have the luxury of seeing the machine for ourselves... this puts us at a disadvantage. We rely on our knowledge of these machines based on years of hands on experience to hopefully guide you to a positive resolution to your dilemma.
The Dr, does not get paid for his advising you on your machine, nor do I. Think of us as you having a next door neighbor who's an appliance repair tech. that you can call, explain the problem to over the phone and get ideas and help from. If The Dr were your next door neighbor, all the people that have called on his advice say that he's 86% right on... (that's pretty good for not actually seeing what he's working on).
Our "Expert ratings" are the way we gauge ourselves, both personally and professionally. On top of our regular daily Family and work duties, we spend our time in the quest of helping others through their problems for free, all we ask in return is an honest, accurate rating.
I hope that this incident has not turned you away from our site and hope that your machine was successfully repaired and back in operating condition.
Posted on Oct 13, 2007
Tips for a great answer:
Can you confirm your model number? FAV6800A or FAV9800A?
If it's one of those models with 120VAC power cord removed from the service outlet and the front cover removed. See if you can rotate the Clutch Pulley CW the wash agitate direction and then CCW the Spin direction. The Clutch Pulley is the large pulley in the center of the washer. We are looking to see if the drive system is seized.
After the drive belt replacement was there any belt screech when you powered up the machine and selected a Wash or Spin Only Cycle?
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