How to Replace a Washing Machine Motor

What You'll Need
New motor
Socket wrench
Standard wrench

After hundreds and hundreds of loads of laundry, there will come a time when you washing machine motor is finally going to give up and die.  When this happens, don’t freak out. You may be stressing out over the cost of having to buy a new washing machine, but why do that when you can simply replace the washing machine motor yourself and save a bundle of cash?

Step 1 - The Process

So to begin with, you must locate the lug and bolt hole on the machine itself.  Take your new washing machine motor (one that you have bought already to replace the deceased one), and position the new motor onto the lug.  This will allow you in slide in the retaining bolt, washer and nut to secure the motor into place.  Be sure to use a socket wrench and a regular wrench to ensure that everything is locked into place securely.  

Step 2 - The Belt

Next you must replace the belt, simply by sliding it onto the gears within the machine and looping it over the new motor. When you have that positioned, replace the tensioning bolt, washers and nut. This will lock the motor down. Now tighten the belt by pulling the motor slowly away from the drum of the machine. This will pull the belt taught. This is done by simply using your socket wrench and crescent wrench to tight the bolt down.  Be sure that your belt can still easily glide over the gears, but you don’t want it so lose that it slides off completely. 

Step 3 - Wiring

With your motor secured in place and your belt tightened properly, we now shift our focus to the other end of the motor. Here we are going to look at the wiring that needs to be done to ensure that your motor is running properly. The first thing you need to do is replace the ground wire securely, yet again we call upon our trusty socket wrench to tighten down the nut and be sure that the ground wire is securely attached.

Step 4 - The Final Step

The easiest part of the replacement comes from simply taking the cable connector and plugging it into the motor.  With that complete, you will find that you're finished and your washing machine is once more ready for duty. In no more than half an hour, you have saved yourself a ton of money. Consider that most new washing machines cost roughly $600, and you will find that the washing machine motors are about $100. 

Step 5 - Finishing Up

It is up to you to choose whether or not you want to do the work yourself or get a paid professional to do it for you. Ultimately doing it yourself is going to be the most cost effective way to go about it. Of course, only you know just how old your washing machine is and perhaps the hundred dollars would be better used towards buying a brand new machine all together.