Washing Machine Repair- Replacing the Drive V Belt (Frigidaire Part # 8574157)

Hi, it’s Jack from AustinAppliancePros. Today we’re going to show you how to change the drive belt on your washer. It’s a really easy job; all you’re going to need is a putty knife, and a Phillips screwdriver.

Let me show you how we do it. Now before we begin this repair the first thing we’ll need to do is to disconnect the power to the washer; simply pull the plug from the receptacle.

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Now to do this repair we do need to remove the front panel. The easiest way to do that is, to first of all, release the two spring catches along the top of the front panel that engage the main top; just take a putty knife and slide them in, oh about three inches in from either side, depress the spring clip, and just allow the top to float. Now with the Phillips screwdriver we will remove two screws at the bottom of the front panel; one on either side.

Once you have removed both of the screws just grasp the front panel on either side and push straight down on it; that will disengage it from the cabinet, then you can tilt it out and remove it to gain access. Now to remove the belt on this washer we will be reaching into some tight areas here and the metal on this machine has some fairly sharp edges, so we’ll want to wear some protective gloves while we’re doing this repair.

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Now first thing that we’re going to do is push in on the iudler pulley in the front here; push it in as far as it will go until it actually hits up against the transmission pulley, and then reach in with your other hand and start rolling that belt off of the transmission pulley; let it roll off onto the bottom. Then we can pull the whole belt right out from underneath the transmission and the motor and the idler pulley. So we’ll discard the old belt.

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Then we’ll slide the new one in underneath the transmission pulley, and underneath the idler and around the motor pulley. And again we’ll push the idler towards the transmission pulley and then slowly roll that belt onto the large transmission pulley. Turn it a few times to make sure it’s on all pulleys, and now we’re ready to put the front panel on.

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Now that we’ve completed our repair we’re ready to put the front panel back on; so we’ll line it up on both sides, engage the two hooks on either side with the two slotted openings in the cabinet, then we’ll pull up on that front panel until it’s flush on either side with the top; once you have it flush we’ll replace the two Phillips screws on the bottom, next we’ll make sure that the top lines up with the locating pins on either side of the cabinet, and they will fit on corresponding holes on the bottom of the main top, once they’re lined up just snap the front of it into place, and our repair is complete.

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Told you it was an easy job. Thanks for watching, and good luck with your repair.