How to Tighten a Washing Machine Belt

How to Tighten a Washing Machine Belt. The washer isn't spinning, spins too slowly, or is making an awful squealing sound. What to do?

Step 1

Unplug the washer and turn off the water faucets.

Step 2

Disconnect the water hoses and the drain hose and pull the washer away from the wall, leaving yourself enough room to work behind the appliance.

Step 3

Lay an old towel down to kneel on and soak up any water that leaks from the hoses.

Step 4

Remove the rear access panel.

Step 5

Locate the motor. The rubber drive belt goes around a pulley wheel attached to the motor.

Step 6

Press on the belt. If it gives more than ¾ inch or so, it needs to be tightened.

Step 7

Loosen the mounting nut for the motor and push the entire motor to increase the tension on the belt.

Step 8

Hold the motor in place and tighten the mounting nut.

Step 9

Make sure you don't tighten the belt too much or it will break. You should be able to press on it and feel it give just slightly.