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How do I replace a Drive Block in a Top-Load Washer?

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the electricity

    The wall outlet has a power cord. Gloves protect your hands.

  2. Open the control console

    Remove the plastic end caps from the control console and then swing it over the top of the back panel. There are screws on the back of the end caps instead of on the front of the control console in some models. Spring clips under the caps are what other models have. If you want to release the spring clips, you need to remove the rear screws.

  3. Remove the cabinet

    Release the clips that secure the cabinet to the washer's back panel if you want to unplug the wire harness from the lid switch. Lift the back of the cabinet and slide the cabinet forward to remove it from the washer frame. The cabinet needs to be left out of the way.

  4. Remove the tub ring

    The bleach dispenser has a hose on it. Pull the locking tabs that hold the tub ring in place if you push down on the top of the tub ring. The tub ring needs to be removed from the outer tub.

  5. Remove the agitator

    If the fabric softener dispenser is at the top of the agitator, remove it. If your washer model has a plastic spring retainer with a square hole at the top of it, you can use a drive extension to release and remove the retainer.

  6. Remove the spin basket

    If you want to remove the spanner nut from the drive shaft, you need to position the wrench with the notch of the wrench in the slots of the spanner nut. Remove the spin basket from the washer by carefully lifting the spin basket from the counter-clockwise direction. Some washer models don't have an agitator clip on the shaft. The spin basket is heavy and difficult to remove. If necessary, use a helpers to remove the basket.

  7. Remove the drive block

    To remove the drive block from the basket drive shaft, you need to loosen it with a hammer.

  8. Install the new drive block

    There are slots at the top of the basket drive shaft for the new drive block. The tabs need to fit in the slots in the basket drive. Place the new drive block with a hammer.

  9. Reinstall the spin basket

    The washer tub has a spin basket in it. Attach the nut to the top of the drive block. Use the wrench and hammer to tighten the nut. The clip on the drive shaft needs to be reinstalled.

  10. Reinstall the agitator

    The drive shaft needs to be moved onto the agitator. The washer and the agitator bolt need to be inserted. The bolt should be tightened firmly. Attach the cap to the top of the assembly.

  11. Reinstall the tub ring

    Line up the locking tabs by positioning the tub ring on top of the outer tub. Attach the locking tabs to the tub ring by pushing down on it. The bleach dispensers have a hose on them.

  12. Reinstall the cabinet

    Keep the front lip of the cabinet on the floor as you position the cabinet in front of the washer. To slide the front lip of the cabinet under the washer frame, push the base of the cabinet forward with your foot. To get the alignment tabs at the back of the washer base, you need to lower the back of the cabinet. Plug the lid switch wire harness back into the receptacle on the top panel of the washer.

  13. Reinstall the control console

    The control console should be on the top of the washer. The control console has mounting screws on the base. The control console has plastic end caps on the sides.

  14. Restore power

    The electrical outlet should be plugged into the washer.

Time required:

60 minutes.

You would need the following tools:

hammer, phillips screwdriver, slot screwdriver, socket wrench set and ratchet, spanner wrench, work gloves.

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