How to Install Washing Machine Belts

The washing machine belt connects the motor to the drum, and if your washing machine is not spinning and the motor seems to be fine, you probably have a broken washing machine belt. Open up the back of the washing machine for easy removal and replacement of the washing machine belt. Acquire a proper replacement belt by letting a appliance parts supplier know the manufacturer and model of your washing machine.

Step 1

Unplug the washing machine and pull it away from the wall.

Step 2

Unscrew the screws from the back of the machine to remove the back panel.

Step 3

Push down on the belt adjustment lever to slacken the tension and remove the old belt. Some machines have an adjustment bolt instead of a lever. Loosen an adjustment bolt with a socket wrench.

Step 4

Wrap the new belt first around the drum pulley, then around the motor pulley.

Step 5

Make sure the belt is properly fitted into the pulley tracks, then push up on the adjustment lever or tighten the adjustment bolt to restore tension.

Step 6

Reattach the back panel and plug in the machine.

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