An overloaded washing machine or clothing jammed in the rim of the washer drum can cause drive belts to slip or burn. Find the problem, then remove the belt and install a matching replacement belt.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:July/August 2011
Look around the top rim of the drum to see if there's a piece of fabric wedged in
between the basket and the drum. Pull it out.
Unplug the washer and remove the front panel. Support the front feet on paint cans
while you slip the old belts from the pulleys. Replace them with new belts.
A piece of clothing stuck between
the inner and the outer tub on your
washing machine or a load that's too
large can stop the drum, which
causes the drive belt to slip on the
pulley and burn. So if your washing
machine is running and you smell
burning rubber, first shut off the
washer and unplug it. Clothing tends
to get stuck more often in Maytag
washers, so that's what we're showing
here. Check along the rim of the
drum to see if there's something
stuck there (Photo 1). After removing
the item, you should replace the damaged
belt. Remove the two screws
located on the bottom of the front panel
and swing the bottom of the panel out
to unhook it from the top. Then prop
the front of the washer up on paint
cans so you can reach the belts.
Remove the belts by starting the edge
over the pulley and spinning them off.
The motor is spring-loaded, so the belts
will come off easily. Take the damaged
belt with you to the appliance parts
store to get a replacement. Reinstall the
belts in the reverse order.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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