Idler Pulley Wheel wasn't turning, causing belt to crack up due to heat build

ApplianceMaytag Washer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers
Socket set

ROBERT From Anaheim, CA

Sep 27, 2008

5 out of 5 people found this instruction helpful

Remove bottom and top front panel to access motor. Remove motor by loosening four bolts. Remove spring that applies pressure to the Idler pulley wheel. Pull out electrical connector by pressing on the tab on top. Remove rubber hoses by gripping clamps with pliers. Unhook belt from pulley at bottom of tub. Pull out motor. Push upward and inward the top of the tub to make pulling out the motor easier. Remove allen screws that secure the plastic pump housing so you can remove the belt. Replace belt. Remove retaining ring to replace Idler Pulley Wheel, remember to order replacement washers, mine was brittle and disintegrated so had to remove the second one from the bottom and used only one each side, seems to work fine. Reassemble everything in reverse order. It now purrs like a kitten, wife is now happy doing the laundry, I get to ride my motorcycle this weekend at the Los Angeles Crest Highway carving the canyons, whoohoo! Life is good.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Retaining Ring (Now subbed to Retaining Ring)

Part Number: PS2025108

In Stock

Spin Belt (Now subbed to Spin Belt)

Part Number: PS2027742

In Stock

Idler Pulley Wheel (Now subbed to Idler Pulley Wheel)

Part Number: PS2040929

In Stock