How to Remove a Washing Machine Motor Pulley

If your washing machine turns on and starts but the tub doesn't spin, there's a chance that the problem lies with the washing machine motor pulley.
Washing machine pulleys support the belt that loops around the motor and underneath the tub to enable the spinning action of the tub. Removing a washing machine motor pulley is a simple matter for an experienced do-it-yourselfer and a matter of simple due diligence for even a novice DIYer with the right tools.

Step 1

Unplug the washing machine from the socket where it is plugged in to receive electricity.

Step 2

Turn off the hot and cold water supply by turning the valves connected to the washing machine hoses fully closed.

Step 3

Insert a putty knife in the crack between the top of the washer and the washer cabinet on the front corner of the machine. Gently ease the top of the machine upward. Repeat the process on the other side of the cabinet. Raise the top of the washer and rest it on the back of the control panel.

Step 4

Look around the top of the cabinet for the screws holding the sides in place. The position of these will differ from model to model. Some washing machines may have three separate cabinet sides that need to be removed separately, while others may have a three-sided one-piece cabinet. Remove the screws with a screwdriver. Set the panels aside.

Step 5

Look for the washing machine motor located underneath the tub and toward the rear of the cabinet. It's easiest to identify the motor by the belt running around the pulley or wheel at the top of the motor.

Step 6

Trace your way down the pulley until you find the adjustment arm, which looks like a small wheel connected to a longer rod. Loosen the bolt on the arm with a wrench to loosen it and introduce slack in the pulley. Pull the belt off the motor pulley and out of the way.

Step 7

Locate the motor pulley, which is connected to the motor. It is a metal wheel with a groove in the edge.

Step 8

Use a socket wrench or wrench to remove the bolt holding the motor pulley in place. Pull the pulley off the cylinder.

Things You Will Need

  • Putty knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench

Tip

  • If you don't plan on reusing the old belt or if you will be replacing the old belt with a new one, you can cut the old one and pull it out of place.

Warning

  • This procedure is a guideline for a plurality of modern U.S.-marketed washing machines. Always consult the manual for your specific washing machine model for instructions specific to your appliance.

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.