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My Amana LWA50AW/PLWA50AW is agitating very slowly. I changed the belt, which was badly cracked all around with a few pieces missing. It still is agitating very slow. Everything else seems to be working properly. What could be the issue? Thanks.

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A similar inquiry has been previously posted, Hopefully one of the responses will relate directly to your low agitator speed problem -

Amana washer LWA50AW

Posted on Oct 13, 2018

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  • Sharon Devan
    Sharon Devan Oct 14, 2018

    It seems like the belt is too big. The tensioner arm is moving freely, and the spring pulls it as tight as it can go. The bolt/rod that moves when the tensioner arm moves is also moving freely. No pulleys are cracked or broken. I set the machine and turned it on, and watched the belt/motor pulley/spring etc. while the machine ran its cycle. EVERYTHING is working as it should, except the belt itself will only spin erratically, like its not catching. We (my Dad and I) have gone over it multiple times to make sure that everything is on properly, and functioning properly, and we can't see any problem besides the belt not catching. We used belt #37820, which is what's indicated for the machine. I checked other responses, and found nothing that helps. Could we have possibly been given an improper belt size? The belt IS stamped with correct number

  • Ancient god of gaming
    Ancient god of gaming Oct 15, 2018

    Yes, you're right. Part number definitely checks out. I would go around the motor mounts and tensioner and look for anything that has shifted or unexplained bolts holes/anything that doesn't line up or appears broken. Also check that you have the belt routed correctly. Go to 3:28 on the attached video to see the belt path on the pump/tensioner assy.

  • Sharon Devan
    Sharon Devan Oct 15, 2018

    So we double checked bolts, alignments etc. and everything looks good...the belt just will not catch all the time, sometimes not at all. We're really stumped here.

  • Ancient god of gaming
    Ancient god of gaming Oct 15, 2018

    Hmm, this is tricky. In the video I can see how the tensioner works and there's no reason why the arm and pulley shouldn't pull back into position once the belt is installed. Only 4 possible sources of fault - #1: belt was defective from factory (it happens...) #2: tensioner pulley is worn down #3: main motor mounting bushes have worn out causing the drive to pull closer to the agitator pulley (I'd think it would be noisy as hell before that happened) #4: tensioner pivot bolt is worn out (again you'd know it by the assembly rattling and the belt wouldn't stay in it's path) Other Amana owners have experienced a similar problem (sorry this is turning into a novel) I have a possible PERMANENT fix. Take the plastic pulley and the belt off and go into a belt & bearing shop and see if they have in stock a pulley with the same diameter bearing but a slightly larger outer pulley diameter or a shorter belt. Either of those options should theoretically take up the slack and solve the slipping belt. If this works, please add a testimonial, a tip and a relevant part # and source for the pulley or belt.

  • Sharon Devan
    Sharon Devan Oct 15, 2018

    Ok. We are going to remove the belt and measure it for correct sizing. We are then going to see if the pulley trick will work. This is so weird!

  • Sharon Devan
    Sharon Devan Oct 17, 2018

    The plastic cover on the tensioner bolt had fallen off and rolled to the back of machine. We found it, put it on, and that took up the slack in the belt. Yay...it all works great! Thank you for all of your help! If we hadn't it, I was going to try your idea, or adding a cap or something on that bolt!

  • Ancient god of gaming
    Ancient god of gaming Oct 17, 2018

    You're welcome :)

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SOURCE: amana lw8252w2 changing belt

there are 3 screws that hold the pump to the moter but sometimes it is rusted so you may need to pri it off

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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I bought an nav5800aww used and had the same issue. Mine was due to the coupler that attaches the auger to the agitator being worn out. I fixed it by removing the auger by pulling it up off the agitator, and putting four small screws through the tabs so that the points of the screws were pointing out. When I replaced the auger, the screws held it in place. That fix lasted about a year, but the plastic eventually got torn up enough that it doesn't work any more. You can find a replacement part online pretty easily

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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SOURCE: how to put on a new belt for Amana washer model #LWA50AW

I just did this today. You have to remove the motor. first start by removing the two hoses then remove the four 1/2 inch bolts that hold the motor/pump assembly. the wires are clippes to a bracket, pry that off removr the whole motor assemly with the bracket by pushing on the tub to manipulate it out. Then remove the three #25 torx screws that hold the pump to motor, remove the pump then route the belt onto the pulley around the inside pump mount put the motor back on the reinstall it the way you took it off. its not that bad (for the first time ever working on a wash machine). I hope you dont have the problem I do, the belt slips in the spin mode - that is probably why the belt failed in the first place I am still trying to find a solution to that. if you just have a failed belt, you will be just fine.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: cant remove the pump to change a belt

I ended up breaking the pump. I found that there is no real trick, it just gets stuck on sometimes. I worked on removing it very carefully for a couple hours but in the end the plastic cracked and needed replaced. The pump cost me $48 to replace and then the rest was easy

Posted on May 25, 2009

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SOURCE: install belt on Amana top load washing machine

Use the correct sized belt!!

Loosen the Motor mounting Bolts. ( Do not take it off ) Now the motor assembly can be moved towards the opposite large pulley.

Replace the belt in this position and slide the motor to it's original position. You adjust it in such away so that, the belt is not too tight or loose!

Posted on Apr 06, 2010

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