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How do I replace a Clutch Band in a Top-Load Washer?

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the electricity and water

    The wall outlet has a power cord. The water supply valves should be turned off. Gloves protect your hands.

  2. Remove the agitator

    Pull the cap from the top of the agitator and open the washer lid to remove the 7-16 bolt that secures the agitator to the drive shaft. If your model has a plastic spring retainer with a square hole at the top, you can use a drive extension to release and remove it.

  3. Disconnect the hoses

    You can reach the hoses by moving the washer away from the wall. Mark which fill hose goes to hot or cold. Carefully remove both hoses using channel-lock pliers. Pull the drain hose out of the standpipe. Water will pour out of the drain hose as you remove it. It's a good idea to wipe spills with a towel.

  4. Lay the washer on its back

    You can put the washer on its back if you move it far away from the wall. Behind the washer is a large towel. To get to the drive components at the bottom of the washer, you have to tip the washer backwards.

  5. Release the drain pump

    Pull the drain pump forward to release it from the drive motor shaft if you use a slot screwdriver. The hoses are connected to the drain pump. The pump should be moved to the side of the motor so it is out of the way.

  6. Remove the transmission and drive motor assembly

    Remove the bolts that secure the transmission to the base of the washer and unplug the drive motor wire harness. There is a warning about the transmission and drive motor assembly. If necessary, use a helpers to pull the transmission and motor assembly.

  7. Remove the clutch band

    Pull the clutch band up and out of the clutch housing by using channel-lock pliers.

  8. Remove the brake cam

    The brake cam has a C-clip on it. The base of the washer has a brake cam. There is a new brake cam in the clutch band kit. The brake cam needs to be replaced at the same time as the clutch band.

  9. Install the new brake cam

    Remove the C-clip from the base of the washer and place the new brake cam on it.

  10. Install the new clutch band

    The retainer caps need to be installed on the clutch band. The clutch spring needs to be installed between the retainer caps. Attach the new clutch band to the clutch housing with channel-lock pliers. There is a short and long clutch band spring in the kit. If you have a compact washer, use the long spring.

  11. Reinstall the transmission and drive motor assembly

    The tab on the brake cam should be on the opposite side of the spring. Take the transmission and motor assembly out of the washer and put them back in. The alignment of the clutch should be adjusted so the transmission is flush with the base of the washer and the mounting holes are lined up.

  12. Reinstall the drain pump

    Place the drain pump on the drive motor shaft and secure it with retainer clips.

  13. Tilt the washer upright

    The washer needs to be tilted upright.

  14. Reinstall the hoses

    Use channel-lock pliers to connect the hoses. Attach the drain hose to the washer.

  15. Reinstall the agitator

    The washer lid can be opened and the agitator shaft pushed down into the spin basket. Remove the washer and agitator bolt. The dust cap and agitator cap need to be reinstalled.

  16. Restore the water and power

    The valves for the water supply should be turned on. If there is a slight leak tighten the connection. The electrical outlet should be plugged into the washer. The washer must be returned to its original location.

Time required:

60 minutes.

You would need the following tools:

channel lock pliers, needle-nosed pliers, shop towel, slot screwdriver, socket wrench set and ratchet, work gloves.

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