The belt in your washing machine is what allows the drum to turn during the wash cycle. If the drum is failing to turn, then there could be an issue with the drive belt. Firstly, just to check you are on the right path, here are the warning signs that your belt needs to be replaced:
- When you power up your machine and it goes through a wash cycle - the drum doesn’t spin properly or doesn’t spin at all
- When you manually rotate the drum there is no resistance and the drum is able to spin freely
If you need to replace the belt but are unsure where to start, there’s no need to panic. We’ll talk you through how to successfully replace the belt without damaging your washing machine.
This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.
What You Will Need
Step 1 - Safety First
Safety First! Please make sure that you have switched your appliance off at the mains before starting your repair.
Step 2 - Remove The Back Panel And Top Lid
Well as obvious as it sounds, we need to get to the belt! With it being situated behind the drum at the back of the machine, to get access to it you are going to have to remove the back panel (If you want some more light in the machine, you can choose to also remove the top panel too) You can do this by using a torx head screwdriver.
Step 3 - Remove The Old Drive Belt
Time to remove the old belt…and it really is an easy thing to do! The belt wraps around the drum pulley and also the motor spindle. All you need to do is just pull the belt towards you, and then turn the pulley - and away it comes!
Step 4 - Secure The New Drive Belt
Ok then, let’s have your washing machine meet its new belt now! First of all, you just need to make sure that it is threaded on the motor spindle correctly. Next you need to feed it round the near side of the pulley until tight, and you should now be able to turn the pulley drawing the belt into position. Once done it should sit neatly on the pulley. Finish off by giving it a couple of turns - so that it is nice and straight.
Congratulations - you have now successfully been able to replace your washing machine belt! You can now get back to being able to wash your clothes again in no time, in the knowledge that you have fixed the belt all by yourself (with a little help from eSpares of course!)
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Need To Locate The Correct Belt For Your Washing Machine?
As well as being one of the easiest DIY appliance fixes out there, fixing your washing machine belt yourself can save you a lot of money compared to booking a repair or buying a new washing machine. Here at eSpares, we have a wide-range of replacement washing machine belts for you to select from - so you can soon be on your way to repairing it yourself.
If you need any other help for your appliances you can find more videos from Mat and the team at eSpares, who are always on hand with appliance repair advice in your time of need.