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 Posted: Sat Jun 9th, 2007 12:53 pm
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My spinning belt broke on my 5 year old Amana ALW480DAW. I've got the new belt. Front panels off. About stroked pulling the agitator off and now realize maybe I didn't need to for the belt replacement. So, how do I replace the belt? From the bottom front? What tools? Sounds like I might have to remove pump and that it's not going to be easy. Clothes are piling high. Already been to the coin laundry once. Help!

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If your belt broke when the washer is only 5 years old you might have another problem.  Did the washer start getting louder and louder in the spin cycle?

You are right, these belts are hard to replace, it's just a matter of knowing how to route the new belt through the pump, the idler pulley and the transmission pulley. The Samauri Appliance Repair Man may have a diagram to show you on these.



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Remove the lower front panel, then the upper front. Remove the wire connector on top of the motor. Remove the hoses from the pump (have a pan handy). Then remove the 4 bolts (1/2" hex) securing the motor bracket to the tub base. Then turn the assembly upside down and remove the 3 torx screws from the pump & pull off of the motor shaft (sometimes they come off hard).

Here is what you will be looking at - note the routing of the belt around the pump leg in the middle...

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Yes, it did start getting louder in the spin cycle. So, this wasn't necessarily noise from the belt? It sounded like a grinding sound caused by more friction of some kind. Any theory? What should I be looking for? Am I waisting my time throwing a new belt on here?

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I think you have a bad main tub bearing and seal. This is not a fun job, especially for a novice.

 



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I'm already into the belt replacement. Should I not put the motor and pump back once the new belt is in place? Is the procedure for the tub bearing and seal replacement from below also or from above? Not that I'm even sure I want to try it. But if I do . . . or get someone who's not a novice to do the work.

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OK. So can anyone tell me what the procedure is for replacing the tub bearing and seal on this ALW480DAW. I need to decide whether this job is beyond my skill and will power. I've been reading some reviews on this machine and it sounds like this is a common problem and paying someone to do the work would be the amount of buying a new washer.

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Try running it with the new belt and tell us what happens. If the old belt was cracked before it broke it would have made more noise than usual.

Usually the tub seal leaks causing the bearing failure. Look for rust colored stains on the cabinet below the tub line. Inspect the bottom of the tub where the transmission enters the tub. Scottthewolf is correct, the seal & bearing job is not exactly fun.



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So, I did what I think is a bang up job for somebody like me pulling out the motor and pump and replacing the belt. It's all back in place. Looks beautiful. But, the drum is not spinning. The belt is not moving. The motor is turning inside the belt, but not grabbing the belt. I'm pretty sure I threaded the belt correctly. Is this a transmission thing? Brakes stuck?

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Sure you got the right belt, not one that's too long? Also if the idler spring is loose or something like that... no go.



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