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How to replace a washing machine belt

Last updated: 15 Apr 2016

The drive belt on your washing machine is responsible for turning the drum via the motor.  If your belt breaks or is slipping then your washing machine drum will not turn or spin.  Fortunately fitting a replacement belt is a straightforward DIY task.  Take a look at the videos below for a step by step guide on replacing the belt on various brands of washing machine.

How to replace the belt on a Bosch washing machine

Video transcript:

If your washing machine drum has stopped turning then it could be the belt that has broken; fortunately replacing a washing machine belt is very easy to do.

First of all remember to ensure that the appliance is unplugged before carrying out any repairs.

The first thing we need to do is get access to the rear of the machine and remove the back cover.

On this Bosch washing machine the rear cover is held in place with just one screw.  Sometimes there will be more, whilst on some machines there is no back cover and you’ll have to replace the belt from the top by removing the lid.

With the back cover removed you would normally see the belt stretched around the drum pulley and the motor spindle.  However, if the belt has snapped then it will likely be lying on the floor at the bottom of the machine.

Your new belt will be very tight to fit, some more so than others.  It has to be in order to turn and spin the drum when under a full load.  We get lots of customer’s contact us telling us the belt we’ve supplied must be the wrong one because there’s no way they can fit it.  Well, it will fit but sometimes it can be difficult.

Always start with the belt around the motor spindle first and then turn the belt on to the drum pulley.

We can now replace the back panel, and that’s all there is to it.  How to replace the belt on a washing machine.

Remember washing machine belts and all other washing machine spares can be found on the ransom spares website.  Thanks for watching!

How to replace the belt on a Hotpoint washing machine

Video transcript:

Hello my name is Shawn and today I'm going to show you how to replace the drum belt on this hotpoint washer dryer.  Remember to isolate your appliance before carrying out any repairs.

To gain access to the belt we first need to remove the rear cover which is held on by 6 screws.

We're going to remove the belt by turning the pulley at the same time as gently pulling the belt towards me.

To re-fit the belt I'm going to first put it over the motor pulley and then over the drum pulley and rotate.

We can now replace the rear cover and screws.

And that's how to replace the drum belt on a Hotpoint washing machine.  Remember replacement drive belts and all other washing machine spares can be found on the Ransom Spares website.  Thanks for watching.

By Lee Gilbert