I want to welcome my guest poster today. This is my online friend Yvonne from CafeMom. She is a woman on a mission. She set out to frugally tackle repairing her washing machine her self. I was so thrilled I had to host her here today to shine hope to us all. We really can do anything we want to save money if you truly have the want to and drive to do it. She is going to share with us how she did it!
We lost our washing machine in January, it just stopped working and we had no money to buy a new set (which is what we are planning once we get the laundry area done), so I went on to craigslist and got me a used one for $40! :) yaaayy..well.. it was working just fine until the beginning of April, when I noticed it was not spinning :(
So I got online and checked if there was anyone repairing the same model on a video.. THERE WAS!!
I sent for the part I believed to be broken and when received I started working on it.
Here is what I did:
First I made sure it was empty of water, disconnected everything (especially electricity) and laid it down with the motor facing me. (motor is the part with the red coils in it).
And disassembled the white part off the motor (set it to the side and away from your work area)
After that I took off the clips that hold the motor in place.
Then disconnected the cables from the motor.. carefully pinch the clip off.
You will see three parts, two white, one on the motor like this one and one on the transmission which is that big gray thing still on the machine :) .. and a rubber wheel.. these are the parts that where broken (and usually break) and did not allow for the machine to spin.
These are the new ones I am installing.. sorry no pic of the broken once.
As you can see they have "teeths" in them, make sure they all fall in each, like a puzzle and that they are all the way in, you might have to hammer them a little with a mallot.
Turn your machine back on it's right side and try it... its done!! it worked!! :) I did it!
Thank you Yvonne for inspiring us frugal homemakers. YOU rock girl!