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Speed Queen AWN412 Belt Replacement Process
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Post# 946621   7/4/2017 at 01:57 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Dave's daughter and son-in-law bought a new Speed Queen set about five years ago and I suspect the TL washer's drive belt may be shot.   It certainly must be well past its useful life based on my experience with an Amana that had a far lighter and less frequent workload than this SQ (it ate through three belts in nine years), and she said the machine is making "a weird noise."


I haven't gone over there to take a look yet, but I've viewed a couple of videos on the procedure and both have suggested using a hacksaw to remove the molded spacers for the screws that hold the pump in place.  I don't get it.   Removing the screws isn't enough to detach the pump from the motor assembly?  Why have the screws at all then?  How does the pump ever get replaced?  With the purchase of a new motor?  This makes no sense.


Can someone enlighten me about how the drive belt is changed out on these machines?  I knew it wasn't as easy as on a belt-driven Maytag, but this isn't just unbelievable -- if it's for real, it's downright asinine. 

Post# 946640 , Reply# 1   7/4/2017 at 06:03 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I have looked at the youtube on line visual instructions for this. It seems fairly simple to do, just tedious. It makes no mention of using a hacksaw. Amazingly enough, it looks like at some point the Maytag machine had a similar motor and belt system also.

Post# 946650 , Reply# 2   7/4/2017 at 07:55 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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this really is nothing like your past Raytheon machine.....

after removal of the front panel.....there should be TWO clips holding the pump on the bottom of the motor....slide pump down and off, and secure out of the way, no need to remove any hoses.....

the old belt should slip off the pulleys....a little easier said than done while trying to get your fingers in there......

wrap new belt around main pulley, and then the motor pulley, then pull back the tensioner, and slip the belt over it.....and release.....

install pump and clips......and test.....

most times its easier to release the spring from the tensioner just to keep that out of your way....

a lot of kits offer a belt and new tensioner.....if your just replacing the belt, the tensioners pivot and pulley will need some grease.....

sometimes pulling the machine forward, and tilting it against the wall gives you a better view and access than trying to lay on the floor.....

Post# 946663 , Reply# 3   7/4/2017 at 09:23 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Changing A Belt On A SQ TL Washer

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Hi Ralph, the pump on this washer has three spring clips that hold it in place, the clips have to be released the pump dropped from the motor shaft and then the belt if free to come off and be replaced., no tools required except the 5/16" nut driver to remove the washers front panel.


The trick is the clips are a little difficult to remove and reinstall until you get the hang of it, you just do it with your fingers but you need pretty good strength in your fingers and you should wear good quality work gloves that are not too thick.


John L.

Post# 946673 , Reply# 4   7/4/2017 at 10:54 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thanks guys.  May faith in Alliance has been restored!

Post# 946694 , Reply# 5   7/4/2017 at 13:53 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

I've studied the anatomy of my SQ several times and never thought replacing the belt would be too hard of a chore. Like was said before the pump is just held on by clips and really saw nothing else in the way of getting the belt off.

Post# 946990 , Reply# 6   7/7/2017 at 09:55 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Ralph.....the machine your working on should have the clips holding the pump on, which will make changing the belt so much easier....

but just in case, somewhere along the line, they used screws to hold the pump that fact, watch this video and it will show you how to remove the whole motor assembly to install a new belt.....

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