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Old 07-12-08, 09:36 PM
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There has to be a trick

Can I get the inside scoop on replacing the belt on my G E washing machine without removing the motor assy? The belt smoked and broke so I'm not even sure about the positioning/routing. Its only 5 years old-model: wdss4120aww.
Theres a main pully attached to the drum, a pully off the motor and what looks like a slave or tension pully. Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Old 07-13-08, 04:48 AM
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Need model # to see what machine you are talking about. Moat times I put belt on motor pulley and under or over idler pulley and than on larger drum pulley and turn drum pulley to roll belt on. Some models have screws under motor to loosen and slide motor in and out.
 
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Old 07-13-08, 02:25 PM
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oooh boy

You have an Amana/Maytag style washing machine (based on your model number) and there will be NO WAY for you to replace the belt without first removing the motor and pump assembly. Before you go through this endevour first check to see that the main pully spins freely in both directions (with an empty tub).. one way is for agitate and the other will release the breaks and allow the tub to spin, if for some reason it does not turn freely in both directions you are now on your way to finding the reason you have a burned belt. If you need more help in replacing the belt (should you feel up to this task) feel free to reply again and we should be able to walk you through the process.... The motor and pump assy needs to come out and the pump needs to be removed from the motor and then the new belt needs to be properly oriented around the legs of the pump and tensioner pulley when the pump is re-attatched to the motor.
 
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Old 07-14-08, 08:59 PM
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OK, I took on the belt and after removing the motor assembly and taking off the pump I got the new belt on and re-assembled everything. It went allot smoother than I thought. I had to buy a set of torex drivers to remove the pump but all was well. I set up the washer for a test run and it went fine until the spin cycle. I hear the timer click, sending the signal for the spin cycle to begin but the motor engages for 2 or 3 seconds spinning the tub then stops. It seems like it sits fir a few minutes, then trys again, only spinning for a few seconds then stopping. This madness continued untill I shut the appliance off and pulled the plug. I thought I had the thing fixed. WHAT NOW???
 
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