How to Fix the Tub on a GE Washing Machine

If the belt has come off the washing machine drum/tub, it will turn with a lot less resistance. Clothes will not be properly cleaned and will remain wet following the spin cycle. You may also have a loose pulley, bad bearings or clothing stuck in between the tub. You will have to remove the back panel of the washer, diagnose the problem and possibly make a few repairs. Follow the right steps and you can avoid the expense of a repairman.

Step 1

Unplug the power cord before beginning any work. Pull out the washing machine out and create enough work space behind the machine.

Step 2

Remove the back panel of the machine by unscrewing the 6-10 screws and setting them aside. Lift the panel off the washing machine.

Step 3

Locate the drive belt and check for damage. If it is cracked or broken, it will need to be replaced. If it has slipped off, it will need to be reattached. Determine if the drive belt is tight by pulling on it. If the belt does not snap right back, it is loose.

Step 4

To tighten the belt, loosen the nut that mounts the motor and push the entire motor forward to increase the tension on the belt. Hold the motor in place and tighten the nut. If the drive belt is damaged or cracked, remove it.

Step 5

To replace the belt, unscrew the clamps that secure the pump coupling–a rubber flexible part connecting the motor to the drum/tub. Remove the clamps and take the belt off. Slide the new belt on and screw the clamps back into place to secure the pump coupling.


  • Always keep the area clear of bystanders and keep tools out of the reach of children.