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Do rubber drive belts on brand new washing machines make a noise?

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Hi Andy. Have you heard of the rubber drive belt from motor spindle to drum pulley making noises when they are brand new? 

This new Samsung (well was new in February) washing machine does not have direct drive but it has got a quiet inverter motor fitted. - If I open up the washing machine door and spin the drum by the paddles slowly by hand I can hear 'creaking' noise  , Could it be a possibility that the belt is so brand new its making a noise and that when its 'worn in' (a couple of years lol) it will be quieter ? 

I turn the drum of our old Hotpoint washing machine drum and cannot hear the belt 'creaking' on that - but that was bought in 2012 so its getting on now .

I could I suppose , as way of elimination, take off the drive belt off the new Samsung and then spin the drum with my hand and see if the 'creaking' noise is still there (but then I suppose it would then void the warranty on the washing machine , so I better not do that then :) 

 

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Hi Andy. I used to find new drive belts that I fitted often had an annoying squeak. To be fair they were usually the cheaper none genuine ones that were more rubbery. I used to spray a very small amount of WD-40 on it. 
 

However, I didn’t use the straw, I wanted a mist of WD-40, and I was careful to not let any get on the motor bearing!

I’m not sure how long it lasted, but it certainly instantly stopped the squeaking. You could try it to at least see if it stops the squeak, and therefore prove the source. You really don’t need much though. 

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Thanks for that tip Andy, might be worth a go. I thought WD40 ate into rubber , but in the house somewhere I have some silicone spray (also made by WD40) and I think silicone spray is supposed to safe to use on rubber. Yeah, think I will give that a try one day (if it doesn't void the warranty) - what you reckon could it?
 

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I’m pretty confident WD-40 is perfectly safe on anything, except bearings where it would thin out the grease Andy. 

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cheers Andy. 👍

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