How to change drum oil seal on a washing machine Ariston AIB16

  1. Washing Machine
    How to change drum oil seal on a washing machine Ariston AIB16
  2. Safety first Remove the plug from the mains supply
    Safety First
  3. Tools required: Phillips screwdriver a 10mm spanner  and a T40 torx spanner
    Tools Phillips, 10mm spanner, T40 torx
  4. A non metallic hammer and a flat screwdriver
    Plastic hammer and flat screwdriver
  5. Using a phillips headed screwdriver remove screws holding the back panel.
    AIB 16 Back cover removal
  6. Protect the machine with a dust-sheet and lay it on its face 
    AIB 16 Face down
  7. Using the 10mm spanner loosen the nut on 1 motor retaining bolt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 1
  8. Using the 10mm spanner remove the nut on the other motor retaining bolt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 2
  9. Remove the motor retaining bolt to release the tension of the belt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 3
  10. Remove the belt from the drum pully
    AIB 16 Belt removal 4
  11. Remove the belt from the drive pulley
    AIB 16 Belt removal 6
  12. Belt removed
    AIB 16 Belt removal 5
  13. Using the T40 torx spanner remove the drum pulley retaining bolt 
    AIB16 Drum pulley 1
  14. Bolt removed
    AIB16 Drum pulley 2
  15. Remove the drum pulley which may need a little rocking to dislodge
    AIB16 Drum pulley 3
  16. Drum pulley removed
    AIB16 Drum pulley 4
  17. Make a note of the position of the spacer wedge on the spider
    AIB16 Spider 1
  18. Locate the spider fixing bolts
    AIB16 Spider 2
  19. Using the T40 torx spanner remove 8 spider retaining bolts
    AIB16 Spider 3
  20. Using a non metallic hammer give the spindle a sharp tap
    AIB16 Spider 4
  21. This may be a bit tight but you can now remove the spider
    AIB16 Spider 5
  22. Spider removed
    AIB16 Spider 6
  23. Using a flat head screwdriver prise of the oil seal from the spider
    AIB16 Drum oil seal 1
  24. Oil seal removed from the spider
    AIB16 Drum oil seal 2
  25. Take the new oil seal from its package ensuring its correct for the appliance
    AIB16  Drum Bearing Oil Seal
  26.  Smear some petroleom jelly on the new oil seal and fit the  seal into the spider
    AIB16 Drum oil seal 2
  27. Smear some petroleom jelly on the seal and fit the spider back over the spindle
    AIB16 Spider 5
  28. Locate the spider into its correct position and line up bolt holes
    AIB16 Spider 1
  29. Using the T40 torx spanner tighten the 8 spider retaining bolts
    AIB16 Spider 3
  30. Bolts secured and back in position
    AIB16 Spider 2
  31. Place the drum pulley onto the spindle and firmly push into place 
    AIB16 Drum pulley 5
  32. Replace the drum pulley retaining bolt
    AIB16 Drum pulley 6
  33. Using the T40 torx spanner tighten the drum pulley retaining bolt
    AIB16 Drum pulley 1
  34. Place the belt onto the drive pully
    AIB 16 Belt removal 6
  35. Now place the belt onto the drum pulley
    AIB 16 Belt removal 4
  36. Replace the motor retaining bolt to tension the belt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 3 
  37. Using the 10mm spanner replace the nut on the  motor retaining bolt & tighten
    AIB 16 Belt removal 2
  38. Tighten the other motor retaining bolt and stand the machine up
    AIB 16 Belt removal 1
  39. Replace the back panel and tighten the retaining screws
    AIB 16 Back cover removal
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Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.

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