How to Replace a Belt on a Whirlpool Washing Machine

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How to Replace a Belt on a Whirlpool Washing Machine
A washing machine that fails to turn needs a new belt. (laundry image by timur1970 from

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.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Belt

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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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