Replacing a Washing Machine Drive Belt Published 02/03/2007
Safety first, disconnect your washing machine from the power supply and turn off water supply before performing this procedure.
- Test the tension of a drive belt by pressing it midway between the pulleys; it should have about 15mm of play. On some machines, one of the motor mounting bolts passes through a bracket with a slot in it, allowing the motor to be moved and belt tension adjusted. If a glance at the bolts shows no slots, your machine has an elasticated belt, which has to be replaced if it stretches.
- To remove a belt, twist it so that its wearing surface faces out and starts to rotate it, making sure you don't pinch your fingers between belt and drum pulley; the belt will flip off the drum pulley.
- Loop the new belt over the motor pulley, then stretch it onto the drum pulley by rotating it.
- The drum pulley is slightly crowned to enable the belt to centre on it; slide the belt in or out on the motor pulley until it is correctly aligned vertically between the two pulleys.