Installing the belt
Installation is basically the opposite of removal, except for the following:
Figure W-20: “T”-Bearing
1) Look at the transmission shaft, right where it comes out of the transmission and goes up into the basket drive. On most models, you will see a plastic “T”-bearing. (Figure W-20) This “T”-bearing is connected to the shaft by a ball; the ball fits in a hole in the shaft and a slot in the “T”-bearing. Make sure the ball is in the hole in the transmission shaft, and that the slot in the “T”-bearing fits down over the ball, before you tighten the transmission mounting bolts.
NOTE: Some models used a “C”-clip rather than a ball to hold the “T”-bearing in place. If you have one of these, ignore this step.
2) The top of the clutch shaft has either two washers or a hex nut on it. Make sure these are replaced before you bolt the transmission back into place.
3) Make sure you replace the spacer before installing the lower left mounting bolt.
4) To set the correct tension on the belt, loosen the motor mounts and move the motor by hand. DO NOT use a lever or pry bar to set tension. The belt should deflect about 1/2″ by hand, with easy pressure. (6 lbs is the official number, though there’s no real practical way to measure it)
If the belt has never been adjusted before replacement, the new belt will probably not require adjusting. Make sure that the belt rides over all four pulleys: the pump pulley, the transmission drive pulley, the motor pulley and the clutch pulley.
5) You may get the machine all back together and find that the spin cycle has problems. The machine may not spin at all, or it may spin very slowly. If so, the transmission needs to be aligned. This is a tricky procedure, so be careful:
Remove the three braces from the transmission. Back off your three transmission mounting bolts about 1/2 to 1 turn; just enough so the transmission will drift a little. The transmission should be just slightly loose, and all three bolts must be backed out the same amount.
Set your washer upright and level. Make sure there is no water or clothes in the basket, and START THE WASHER IN THE SPIN CYCLE. Let it get up to speed, then stop the washer.
Unplug it. Without moving the washer, tighten the three transmission mounting bolts beneath it as evenly as possible. Test the machine to see that it still spins properly. If not, repeat the procedure. When you have it spinning properly, replace the three braces.