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How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

  • 1.  How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 24 days ago
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    Hi all,

    My motor bearings need to be changed on my Huebsch 40lb.
    How do I get the motor off the machine?

    Thank you


  • 2.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 24 days ago
    Remove the tension spring - shown in photo.
    Remove the wires to the motor (some have a molex plug some don't, depends on age of machine)

    The motor is 'hinged' on a bar. You will see a cotter pin through the bar and some washers at the front (same as the rear).  Remove the cotter pin and washers, with the motor supported (as even as possible) - tap the bar out of the 'hinge' assembly.  It will be a real pain to get the bar out if the motor is not supported.  What happens; the front will drop slightly when the bar is just out of the front 'holes', this will bind the rear holes and make it more difficult to remove the bar.

    The motor simply hangs on this bar.  Once the bar is out, the motor is free.  It will be heavy.

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    Timothy Foster
    Multi-Store Owner/ Employee
    Toledo
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  • 3.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 24 days ago
    And then...place a mark on both end bells. I would suggest two marks on one side and one on the other to line up when going back together. Since you are there why not go ahead and spray a winding coat on the wires. Can't hurt. And be certain the bearing you use is not a knock off. Be careful here. Just because it might say something like SKF does not mean that is what it is.

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    Curt Harrington

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  • 4.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 24 days ago
    Edited by Paulie B 24 days ago

    And be certain the bearing you use is not a knock off. Be careful here. Just because it might say something like SKF does not mean that is what it is.
    Curt Harrington,  12-22-2018 16:38
    Curt, That is SO true! A lot of knockoffs out there.


    Ahoy matey's! Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!




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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 5.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 23 days ago
    Well I hate to tell you.  if you don't know how to remove the motor then DONT try to replace the bearings in the motor   Till your done you will replace the motor, some of these motors are tough to get apart. with out the proper tooling and a good mechanical background
    The best advice  I can give you, is take the motors; to a motor shop.
    Let them replace the bearings, when their in side they will check the start switch. check endcap bell to make sure the bearing fits snug  if not the motor will make noise one direction but less noise the other direction. Im sure you heard this noise before,  their is a fix for this issue also.
    You will need pullers to remove the  pulley,bearings and the right tool to install the bearings and a way to check end play on the shaft should be Zero but not tight. Now fire up the motor and check amp draw make sure in with the specs. under load.  theirs more to it then just replacing bearings.
    When you go into the shop take in the  start and run  and capacitors have them test them. When they get old they will make the motor run hot draw high amps. and will bring a slow death to your motor.

    Let me sum it up you and I can do the bearing jobs on motors  but time is money  and it is cheaper to have a motor shop do the job and do it right, cause they are set up for this work. and have the testing equipment and little fixes that will keep your motor running ,one wrong move inside that motor will cost you aprox. $600 to $800 just for you to watch the smoke rise   LOL
    Then how much money did you save over a bearing job.
    NOTE make sure you put back the ground wires on the motor frame cause over time this causes electrical induction through the bearings and shortens the life of the motor and the bearings. reason its looking for a ground source that's why the ground wire is important !   remember if the factory could save money they would have not put the ground wire their its their for a reason.
    Average cost for labor and bearings in Pa  is about $80 to 125 depending on what parts they use.  best advice i can give  you tell them to replace bearings  {usa made} also replace start switch cause its old also gets a workout do the job once and do it right . then it will pay off in the end     CHEERS
    Al Wojo   30 yr tech



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    AL WOJCIECHOWSKI
    Store Owner/ Employee
    lebanon PA
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  • 6.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 23 days ago
    Al,

    Great advice. One needs the proper tools, and knowhow to do a motor bearing job correctly.
    Changing the C switch and capacitors, if your motor has them, is also a smart thing to do while it's on the bench.

    You also have to be very careful in pulling the rotor out and putting it back in, lest you damage the windings and turn the motor into a metal piece of junk. C switch can also be damaged during this process as well.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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  • 7.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 23 days ago
    Al,

    That was my thought too.  If a guy can't figure out how to remove a motor from a washer, he sure can't handle doing an inspection and bearing replacement on said motor.  Even I take my motors to a motor shop rather than replace the bearings myself ... for the many reasons that you mentioned.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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  • 8.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 23 days ago
    How did you find your motor shop?

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    Zachary
    MA
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  • 9.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 22 days ago
    Edited by T Laundry 22 days ago
    For those of us who either too old or find it too heavy, how many labor hours should you expect to pay for someone to do it all: remove the motor and replace the motor bearings?
    Do they do it on-site or bring it back to shop first?


  • 10.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 14 days ago
    I doubt the bearing was broken if that bearing makes a high noise pitch doesn't mean it broke, it just needs re-lubricant, before you remove that motor lets try this "Paulie's technique " spay some lithium white grease and W40 into the bearing. Spay then hand spin and keep repeat 4-5 times, your motor will come back to life for a year or so.


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    Linh Nguyen
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Mobile AL
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  • 11.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 10 days ago
    Can someone youtube this technique?  Is it to be done regularly starting from when machine is new, or is it something done when you start hearing noise?


  • 12.  RE: How would you remove the motor to change the motor bearings?

    Posted 22 days ago
    Zach
    Talk to the guys in the trades  (AC Heating) they know the best motor repair shops in your area.
    The other way is talk to the farmers yes the farmers. They have all kinds of motors  on the farm and they know of good repair shops
    Also call a pool spa repair person they get pool motors repaired all the time .   They could send you to a good  repair shop.
    Note   ask the how their service is and cost.
    when you get to know the shop if you call ahead they will ck it  while you wait .
    fix it asap unless its  a major problem or a parts issue  most times they will fix you up.
    I have always have two repair shops in my back pocket incase one is busy  and keep the costs in line.
    Keep in mind cost of the repair over age of the motor
     {cost  v age }  how long can a 25yr old motor keep going every day .
    note have extra motors ready to go in then you can  get the motor fixed on your time line       do your home work  you'll save money in the long run.

                                               cheers   Al Wojo 30 tech

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    AL WOJCIECHOWSKI
    Store Owner/ Employee
    lebanon PA
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