How to Grease a Washing Machine

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Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

  • Spray lubricant or grease

Always disconnect the washer from both the electricity and water before working on it.
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If your washing machine is squeaking or you need to replace a part, you may need to grease the part in question. If you are refilling the lubricant for the brake assembly, be sure to get the proper lubricant for your washer model. General repairs can usually be handled with a spray lubricant or all-purpose motor grease.


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Step 1

Unplug your washing machine. Disconnect the water hose connections and put the ends of the hose into a bucket. Tun off the water valves.

Step 2

Insert a putty knife or other flat edge into the gap between the front panel and the top cover at the top right corner. Push it in to release the clip that holds the panel on. Repeat on the top left side.

Step 3

Remove any screws holding the front panel in place and take it off.

Step 4

Remove the belt guard cover and the lubricant level plug.


Step 5

Check the lubricant level. If more lubricant is needed, add until oil flows out of the indicator, about 2.5 quarts.

Step 6

Replace the lubricant and fill plugs as well as the belt guard cover.

Step 7

Remove the motor from its retaining brackets. Disconnect the motor's ground wire near the motor shield with a screwdriver. Take off the motor shield with a socket wrench.

Step 8

Lubricate the fittings as needed with a grease gun or spray lubricant.


Step 9

Use spray lubricant to grease any other fittings or bolts that may be stuck or causing noise in the machine.

Step 10

Replace the motor and its shield in the appropriate brackets. Secure the front panel back on to the washer and reconnect the electricity and water.



Michelle Hogan

Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.