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GE Washer -- Attach a new belt


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#1 mariaca

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 10:14 AM

GE WWA5500PALWH.  Does not agitate.  Purchased new belt.  Attached belt to one pulley; how do you stretch the belt around the other pulley?  Is there a trick to this?

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:44 PM

Didn't pull up anything on that model number, re-check that.

Is this the new-style or old-style GE washer?


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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:50 PM

Looks to be the old style by the model number, 1972 model.  The belt has to go on the clutch pulley on top of the motor after removing the black "spider"coupler, then roll the belt onto the transmission pulley.  You will get it to the edge of the pulley and then turn the pulley while rolling the belt into the grove at the same time.  If you cannot do this you will need to loosen the motor and move it toward the transmission, install the belt, then tighten the motor back so the belt is as tight as possible, then re-attach the the pump coupler.
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 12:52 PM

Old Style.  Purchased the belt from your parts dept --  the model #WWA5500PAL was available.


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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:05 PM

No agitate could also mean you have a stripped agitator coupler under the agitator also if the belt was ok and the motor ran, and it spun ok. 
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:14 PM

This was a venerable old washer from back in the days when GE made decent stuff. 

These two pics will help you remove the belt:  Pic 1 and Pic 2

When re-installing the new belt, set it on the motor pulley first then roll it onto the transmission pulley. 


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Posted 13 May 2005 - 01:20 PM

[user=533]Pegi[/user] wrote:

No agitate could also mean you have a stripped agitator coupler under the agitator

Good pernt, Pegi.  :idea:

Mariaca, if you need to get the coupler out of the agitator, here is the conventional technique.  Or, feel free to use the Samurai's proprietary technique (patent-pending, royalties must be paid in accordance with the RIAA class action lawsuit settlement, RIAA vs. The Free World.  Void where prohibited.)

 





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