When the spring arrives you want to greet it by giving your lawn a good trim - nothing beats the smell of freshly cut grass - unless of course your suffer from hayfever...you’re missing out.
But you could miss out too if the motor or drive assembly has become damaged in your mower. In this guide we will talk you through the simple processes of how to replace both the motor and drive assembly in your Flymo Turbo Compact 330.
If you have diagnosed that the motor and (or) drive belt is to blame then luckily you’ve come to right place. At eSpares not only can we supply you with the required parts but we can also advise you how to perform the repair.
This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part(s) on a compact machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.
What You Will Need:
Step 1 - Safety Advice
Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair and due to the sharp edges exposed we suggest suitable Safety Gloves are worn to help prevent injury.
Step 2 - The Strip Down
First things first, we need to strip the mower, this will allow us to get inside the appliance ensuring we can remove and replace the motor and drive assembly.
To begin you need to remove the handle and to do this, a metal clip where the handle meets the body needs to be removed. With the clip removed you can then push out the pin - once done you can then repeat on the other side, once removed you can then simply push the pin through.
With the handle gone you now need to remove the lid and grass box and then remove the motor cover. The motor cover is held in place by two screws.
Step 3 - Unscrewing the Blade
With the cover put to one side, you’ll now see the motor, it is connected by two spade connectors wired on either side..
Please Note: There is no need to remember which way round they go back in because it doesn’t make a difference.
You can also put the two foam filters to the side and then you can flip the whole thing over. Holding the blade in place is a blade bolt - using the Flymo spanner which would of come with the mower you can effortlessly undo the blade bolt. With the bolt removed you can remove the blade, spacer and impeller.
Step 4 - Removal of the Motor
Once the impeller has been removed you will now be able to see that the motor and drive assembly is being held together by eight screws. These should be torx screws, so using a torx head bit you can start to loosen the assembly. However be wary, with the last screw removed the assembly will drop so you’ll want to hold it.
Step 5 - Replacing the Motor and Drive Assembly
With the existing motor and drive assembly now removed you should see that they fit together with the belt. Before you continue you’ll need to keep the four fixing screws, the little dust cap and if your belt is ok then keep that. These parts are not supplied with the motor nor with the drive assembly.
Now if you are replacing the drive assembly you may notice it appears to look different - however as long as you selected the assembly using your model number the part will be fine, it’s just an updated version. To begin replacing the the parts, first simply pop the dust cap in place.
You can now mount the motor, once lined up you can fit the four screws, however don’t tighten them up because you’ll want to be able to slide the motor while it is on the drive assembly. You maybe wondering why we want the motor to slide, well this will help us fit the belt far easier.
Step 6 - Slipping the Belt in Place
We can now fit the belt, we just need to pop the belt onto the motor spindle and then around the drive assembly. Sliding the motor closer to the drive assembly will make this process far easier. Once in place give it a few turns to make sure it’s on properly and once secure you can tighten the screws, locking the motor in place.
eSpares Top Tip: To make sure the belt stays taut use the weight of the motor and push down on the motor this will give the belt tension when securing the motor.
Step 7 - Reassembly
With that fitted its now time put everything back together. Don’t forget to refit the foams pieces you removed earlier and remember to fit the two spade connectors.
Don’t forget: when fitting the connectors it doesn’t matter which way round they go.
Turn the appliance over and remember to refit the torx screws which hold the motor and drive assembly in place. The impeller, spacer and blade need fitting but remember, when fitting the blade it needs to be put on grass side should be facing you. You can now turn the appliance over and screw the motor cover back in place.
There you go, that’s how you replace the motor, or the drive assembly, or both on a Flymo compact lawnmower. For more diagnosis and helpful guides to repairing your appliances browse our other advice centre articles to increase your knowledge and become the hero in your home.