How to Replace a Belt on a Whirlpool Washing Machine

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If your Whirlpool washing machine makes sounds like it is working, but nothing is happening, it may be a faulty belt. Older Whirlpool washing machines use a belt to transfer the power of the motor to the transmission of the machine as well as the pump. A broken or slipped belt will produce a burning smell and may make a loud, annoying whine. Check your Whirlpool washing machine model to order the correct belt.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Belt
  • Turn off the power to the washing machine by unplugging it from the wall.

  • Remove the access panel from the washing machine by unscrewing the holding screws. Some models may require that you tip the machine over to access the belts.

  • Unscrew the clamps that hold the belt coupling that connects the motor to the water pump. It will be a flexible rubber part. Remove the coupling.

  • Loosen the motor mounting bolts and push it inward to relieve the excess tension on the belt. Remove the old belt.

  • Put one end of the new belt over the transmission pulley before putting it over the motor pulley. Re-tighten the bolts on the motor and the coupling. Replace the access door of the washing machine and test the new belt.

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