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Ray26

Amana belt drive washer squeal

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I have a ~15 yo Amana belt drive washer, model LW6153WM, that works well until it gets to the spin cycle. At that point it makes a loud medium high pitched squeal for a few seconds then shuts off. If we can get to it in time we then push the control knob to stop the process, otherwise it shuts off itself. When we come back an hour or so later and pull the knob we can hear the squeal again before it catches and continues in the cycle...sometimes. At other times we have to go away and try again later. We are down to being able to wash one load a day. I replaced the belt a few months ago...still good. Drain pump works well, but when I removed the motor I noticed burned/melted black rubber on much of the top of the pump. Is this fixable or is it toast? If it's fixable, what do I do next? Thanks in advance for your help in (hopefully) lowering my frustration level.

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The belt was changed because it was the original belt and was falling apart. Prompting to change the belt came from a burn smell.

 

I did not clean any previous shavings because there didn't seem to be many and I assumed, as a novice, that what I was seeing was normal for 15 years use. They are much thicker and more melted now than they were then.

 

Thanks for the manual. Still open for more thoughts from you experts.

 

Thanks

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The belt numbers match, but I don't think I had the belt encircling the rear pump leg when I replaced it. I'll try that.

 

I'll let you know what happens. Thanks again.

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The manual calls for using No. 03637P lubricant to help "keep moisture out of the hub area and prevent corrosion." Is there another name for that lubricant that would be more recognizable to a novice?

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 I don't think I had the belt encircling the rear pump leg

 

That'll do it, likely need another belt now - easy to get that belt on wrong need to be careful.

 

Would be "too late" now to lubricate hub seal as it is packed when manufactured.

 

Do you see evidence of leak/corrosion from the bearing in the underside of tub ?

If so - go no further and shop for machine.

 

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Grease/26594P/467608

 

 

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Also check if water has been dribbling from pump bottom where it slides on motorshaft as that would contaminate bearing in motor and cause squeal. Try running machine with belt disconnected to see if there is noise then.

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The idler pulley may also be worn.  You need to spin it by hand and see if it moves freely or if it binds.

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I pulled on the belt and the unit turns both ways easily. I took off the belt but still hear the squeel when I run it with power. However the squeel is much shorter. Does that tell you anything?

 

Update - Just tried to run a load. All is well during rinse, etc. but spin still gets caught. I watched the motor/belt area and saw the belt move a couple of inches before the whole thing shut down.

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if the motor still squeels without the belt on the problem is with the motor or pump

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You can now remove the pump monting screws and slide the pump off of the motor shaft and try spin cycle with the pump off - still a chance that the large centre pulley is binding (tub bearing or transmission failure)

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