How to change the drum bearings on a washing machine Ariston AIB16

  1. Washing Machine
    How to change the drum bearings 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. A hammer and a large flat screwdriver
    Hammer & flat screwdriver
  6. Using a phillips headed screwdriver remove screws holding the back panel.
    AIB 16 Back cover removal
  7. Protect the machine with a dust-sheet and lay it on its face 
    AIB 16 Face down
  8. Using the 10mm spanner loosen the nut on 1 motor retaining bolt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 1
  9. Using the 10mm spanner remove the nut on the other motor retaining bolt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 2
  10. Remove the motor retaining bolt to release the tension of the belt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 3
  11. Remove the belt from the drum pully
    AIB 16 Belt removal 4
  12. Remove the belt from the drive pulley
    AIB 16 Belt removal 6
  13. Belt removed
    AIB 16 Belt removal 5
  14. Using the T40 torx spanner remove the drum pulley retaining bolt
    AIB16 Drum pulley 1
  15. Bolt removed
    AIB16 Drum pulley 2
  16. Remove the drum pulley which may need a little rocking to dislodge
    AIB16 Drum pulley 3
  17.  Drum pulley removed
    AIB16 Drum pulley 4
  18. Make a note of the position of the spacer wedge on the spider 
    AIB16 Spider 1
  19. Locate the spider fixing bolts
    AIB16 Spider 2
  20. Using the T40 torx spanner remove 8 spider retaining bolts
    AIB16 Spider 3
  21. Using a non metallic hammer give the spindle a sharp tap 
    AIB16 Spider 4
  22. This may be a bit tight but you can now remove the spider
    AIB16 Spider 5
  23. Spider removed
    AIB16 Spider 6
  24. Using a flat head screwdriver prise of the oil seal
    AIB16 Drum oil seal 1
  25. Oil seal removed
    AIB16 Drum oil seal 2
  26. Place the spider on 2 supports so the bearings can be removed unristricted
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 1.jpg
  27. Using a screwdriver and hammer tap out the bearing evenly from side to side
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 2
  28. Turn the spider over and tap out the other bearing using a piece of wood
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 3
  29. Take the new bearing kit from its package ensuring its correct for the appliance
    AIB16 Drum bearing Kit
  30. Place the small bearing into the spider and tap it in using a block of wood
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 4
  31. Turn the spider over and tap the large bearing in level with the casting 
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 5
  32. Shape a block of wood to fit the bearing aperture 
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 6
  33. Note the middle is dished to avoid damage to the inner part of the bearing
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 6
  34. Using the block of wood tap the bearing into the aperture
    AIB16 Spider & bearing 7
  35. Smear some petroleom jelly on the new oil seal and fit the  seal into the spider
    AIB16 Drum oil seal 2
  36. Smear some petroleom jelly on the seal and fit the spider back over the spindle
    AIB16 Spider 5
  37. Locate the spider into its correct position and line up bolt holes
    AIB16 Spider 1
  38. Using the T40 torx spanner tighten the 8 spider retaining bolts
    AIB16 Spider 3
  39. Bolts secured and back in position
    AIB16 Spider 2
  40. Place the drum pulley onto the spindle and firmly push into place 
    AIB16 Drum pulley 5
  41. Replace the drum pulley retaining bolt
    AIB16 Drum pulley 6
  42. Using the T40 torx spanner tighten the drum pulley retaining bolt
    AIB16 Drum pulley 1
  43. Place the drive belt onto the drive pully
    AIB 16 Belt removal 6
  44. Now place the drive belt onto the drum pulley
    AIB 16 Belt removal 4
  45. Replace the motor retaining bolt to tension the belt
    AIB 16 Belt removal 3
  46. Using the 10mm spanner replace the nut on the  motor retaining bolt & tighten
    AIB 16 Belt removal 2
  47. Tighten the other motor retaining bolt and stand the machine up
    AIB 16 Belt removal 1
  48. 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.

1 Comment

  • Dose the torx bolt in the centre of the pulley/spider have a left or right hand thread ? Im un the process of doing mine and i cant get the bolt to shift :-(
    Its starting to round off now , darn...

    27 Jul 2013 by jack

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