Today we’re gonna show you how to change the transmission pulley and bearing kit on your washer. The job isn’t very difficult, especially if you follow along closely. All you need is a small flathead screwdriver and a pair of slip joint pliers. Then again, if you find yourself in above your head, you can always get in touch with the great service help at Columbus Appliance Masters at http://columbusappliancemasters.com – they’ve gotten me out of more than one sticky situation! lol
Now to do this repair we are going to have to pull the washer away from the wall, so we’ll disconnect the power and the inlet fill hoses as well as the drain hose. And then we can pull it forward enough to be able to tilt it on its back so we can access the bottom.
Begin by rolling the old belt off the old drive pully and set it aside. Then just pop off the dust cap and then remove the e-ring. Slide off the lower cam and pulley as well as the flat washer behind it and the wave washer. First a thick washer, the first bearing, then a thin washer. Then there’s a spacer washer at the very top.
We will start by inserting the new spacer into the thrust bearing – just snap it so it becomes one piece and slide that over the shaft.
Next we’ll insert the pulley. And we’re going to apply grease to the came edge on that pulley. Then we’ll install the lower cam that has a flat surface and a cam surface – so the cam surface will mate with the large pulley. We want to make sure that this portion fits in the wide opening. And then just rotate it until it lines up a lines up on the spline of the lower transmission shaft. Then with a flat blade we’re going to pull that transmission shaft forward.
We’ll next take the thicker of the two washers we’re going to install that on the shaft next. Again, with our flat blade we’ll just pull that shaft out far enough that we can start the e ring. Then with a pair of slip joint pliers I”m just going to push that into position.
Now we’ll check for adjustment on that pulley. There’s a little arrow on the lower cam that needs to lineup between this Ridge and this ridge on the outer circumference of the pulley as we’re turning it counterclockwise. That knurl should be between those two reference points when the transmission starts to turn you’ll feel the resistance of the break for turning that, and you’ll see the arrow lineup between these two points, so you know the adjustment is OK. And if it’s not you need to either add the thinner washer to the bottom or replace the thick one with the thin one. And that’s included in the instructions that come with the kit.
Next, put the dry belt back on and hook it around the pump pulley and the motor pulley, and we’ll rotate it onto the main drive pulley. And finally we’ll reinstall the dust cap. And were ready to stand and the washer up and reconnect the water and electricity.
Now that we’ve reconnected the inlet water supply and the drain hose and plugged the washer back in, the repair is complete.