Washing Machine Repair – Replacing the Drive Pulley (GE Part #WH07X10016)
Washing Machine Repair – Replacing the Drive Pulley (GE Part #WH07X10016)

Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we’re going to show you how to change
the drive pulley on your washer. It’s a really easy job. All we’re going to need is a quarter inch
nut driver, a 15/16 socket with a short extension and a ratchet. If you have one, we could use a torque wrench
as well. Let me show you how we do it. Now to do this repair, we will need to gain
access to the back of the washer. You need to disconnect it from the power supply
and probably going to need to remove the fill hoses. Turn off the water supply, remove the fill
hoses and then get some help and pull that washer out where you can actually access the
back of it quite easily.Start by removing the four screws that hold that back panel
on. Because we’re getting close to some sharp
metal edges, I suggest that you put some protective gloves on. There are four tabs that also hold that back
panel in. I’m just going to lift up on it, then will
pry it on the bottom to release the two tabs. Then set it aside. Next we can rotate the drum and roll the belt
off of the pulley. Just pull out on that belt while you’re rotating
the drive pulley. Set that aside. Next, using the 15/16 socket, we’re going
to remove that retainer nut. We’re just going to give that a sharp snap
with the ratchet just to break it free and remove the nut completely.That’s a nyloc nut. It has a nylon insert on the back end of it. It is used to lock the nut in place. Once it’s been used once, that is damaged
so we’re going to discard the old nut then we’ll use the one that came with the pulley. Next we’ll just give it a little bump all
the way around. Don’t freeze up. Slide it off of the shaft. Take note of the double flat sided shaft on
that pulley and discard the old one. I’ll slide the new pulley onto the shaft. You’ll just have to give it a little bump
to force it on. We don’t suggest using a hammer for this. Just use the back of your hand. We’re going to take that new nut with the
nyloc locking device on it, we’ll thread that onto the shaft.By
using the socket and ratchet, we’re going to tighten that nut. If you don’t have a torque wrench, we’ll tighten
this till it’s snug and then another quarter of a turn will approximate the proper torque
for that nut. If you do have a torque wrench, we’re going
to set that to 44 pounds or foot-pounds, lock that there. You can hold that pulley from turning. Just slide a flat screwdriver blade into that
opening, just hold it tight there. Torque is set properly. We’re going to reinstall that belt, groove
side against the pulley. We’ll just reach in and wrap it around the
pulleys as far as the top and hook the bottom around the drive motor pulley.Then while holding
the belt against the large pulley, I’ll rotate that until it rides all the way up onto the
pulley. Then just rotate it a few times until we determine
where it’s going to center itself. We try to make sure that we get it halfway
between the back edge and front edge of the large pulley. The motor pulley is a groove pulley. It’ll allow us to move that about a sixteenth
of an inch per groove. You can just put a little tension on it as
you’re rotating it to set it into the next groove. Once we’ve got it set properly, we’ll put
the back cover back on. We’ll just engage the tabs on the back panel
into the slots on the cabinet.Flex it as required to engage the opposite tabs and install the
four screws. Now we can reposition the washer. All that remains now is to reconnect the fill
hoses, plug the washer back in and our repair is complete. I told you it was an easy job. Thanks for watching and good luck with your

8 thoughts on “Washing Machine Repair – Replacing the Drive Pulley (GE Part #WH07X10016)”

  1. buginmysoup says:

    Hi Steve,
    This might be a silly question, but how do you know when the drive pulley needs to be changed. I've got at 16+ year old washing machine and I've replaced several parts on it through the years. I've never replaced the drive pulley. While the machine is still functional, the agitator (correct word) inside the drum doesn't seem to turn with as much gusto as it used to.

  2. John Tavares says:

    Same inquiry as Steve. How do you know when this is the problem?  My Maytag makes a loud clicking noise only when rotating.  The noise sounds like the clicking when using a ratchet set.  The noise occurs when the clothes are being washed, and it rotates clock wise and counter clockwise.  Not during the spin cycle. Any suggestions are appreciated. 

  3. Louis Lopez says:

    Is the drive pulley supposed to be loose or snug?

  4. Woodworking Next says:

    I have the same model and have during spinning cycle is knocking and walking, is that a bad pulley?

  5. Joshlyn Adams says:

    How would you know your drive pulley is bad? How would you know when to change your drive pulley?

  6. B Rob says:

    Thank you

  7. Classy Pig says:

    my washer keeps saying unbalanced load. It looks like the drum is rocking even when it is empty. How do I diagnose this problem? Thanks in advance.

  8. Inisfad says:

    I wish you were my neighbor – there is no way that I can get that pulley nut to budge on my machine……I was hoping that there were some tricks to this

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