How to change the carbon motor brush on a washing machine

  1. Washing Machine
    How to change the carbon motor brush on a washing machine
  2. Safety first remove plug from main socket
    Safety First
  3. Tools required Phillips screwdriver, 13mm spanner and a 13mm socket. 
    Tools for motor 1
  4. Using the phillips screwdriver remove the screws from the back panel
    Back panel removal 1
  5. Lift and remove the back panel
    Back panel removal 2
  6. Release 2 bolts and remove the belt see video for further details
  7. Lay the machine onto its face protecting with a soft cloth
    Image through bottom
  8. Make a note of the wires (A photograph is useful) and remove wires.
    Motor wires
  9. Through the back remove the terminal block and remove earth wires.
    Motor wires removed
  10. Wires removed
    Motor wires removed 2
  11. Through the bottom using the 13mm spanner remove the motor fixing nut.
    Motor bottom bolt
  12. Through the back using a 13mm socket remove 2 fixing bolts and remove motor.
    Motor top bolt
  13. Image of motor
    Motor image
  14. Using the phillips screwdriver remove 2 locating screws on each carbon brush.
    Carbon brush removal 1
  15. Separate plastic housings containing carbon brushes
    Carbon brush removal 2
  16. Remove carbon brush from housing and remove wire
    Carbon brush removal 3
  17. Wire removed
    Carbon brush removal 4
  18. Take the carbon brush from its package ensuring its correct for the appliance
    Carbon brush image
  19. Fit wire to new carbon brush and place in housing
    Carbon brush removal 3 
  20. Relocate plastic housing
    Carbon brush removal 2
  21. Using the phillips screwdriver refit housing to motor
    Carbon brush removal 1
  22. Place the motor into the location hole shown here.
    Motor location hole
  23. Through the back fit the 2 retaining bolts do not tighten.
    Motor top bolt
  24. Through the bottom fit the nut fixing the motor
    Motor bottom bolt
  25. Through the back fit the terminal block and earth wires
    Motor wires removed
  26. Locate the belt onto the motor pulley and and refit belt.See the video for further information.
  27. With the weight of the motor on the belt tighten the 2 bolts.
    Belt replacement 2
  28. Locate back panel into lugs.
    Back panel removal 2
  29. Using the phillips screwdriver reposition screws into back panel and tighten.
    Back panel removal 1
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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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