How to replace a washing machine's motor:

Typical washing machine motor

This step-by-step guide teaches you how to replace the motor in your washer. Find the official OEM replacement motor that fits your appliance.

Disconnect the power source to your washer before you conduct this or any other test. Either unplug the unit from the wall outlet, remove the appropriate fuse from the fuse box, or flip the appropriate breaker in the circuit breaker panel.

Locate your washer's motor. There will be two wire leads connected to the motor. Disconnect the motor's two wire leads from the wiring harness. The wires will be held in place with metal slip on connectors. Firmly grasp and then pull on these connectors to remove the wires. Do not pull on the wires themselves.

Depending on your model, your motor could be secured to the washing machine with any number of screws. Remove all the screws before you remove the motor. There may also be a spring present to help secure the motor to the machine. Remove the screw before removing the motor, but be sure to replace it after the new motor is in place.

Discard used motor and insert new one in its place. If yours is a model that makes use of stabilizing spring, put it back in place now. Secure the new motor to the machine with screws, if you removed any from the old motor. Reconnect the motor's wiring harness.

Restore power to the unit. Run your washing machine through a cycle to make sure it is functioning as it should.

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