Replacing Belt Driven Pressure Washer Belts

How to Replace a Belt on a Belt Drive Pressure Washer

Replacing the belt on a belt drive pressure washer is a straightforward process that can be done with the right tools and parts from CigarCity Softwash Supply. Follow these step-by-step instructions to successfully replace the belt:

  1. Safety First: Before starting any maintenance or repair work, make sure the pressure washer is turned off and disconnected from the power source. This will prevent any accidental starts and ensure your safety throughout the process.

  2. Remove the Belt Cover: Locate the belt cover, which is typically held in place with four bolts. Use a wrench or socket set to remove these bolts and carefully lift off the cover. Set it aside in a safe place.

  3. Loosen the Pump Tensioner: Locate the pump tensioner, usually located at the base of the pump. Loosen the tensioner to relieve the tension on the belt. This will make it easier to remove and install the new belt.

  4. Loosen the Pump Bolts: Look for the four bolts that hold the pump down on the bottom of the skid. Loosen these bolts to create enough space to slide the pump towards the engine.

  5. Remove the Old Belt: With the pump loosened, carefully slide it towards the engine to create enough room to remove the old belt. Take note of the belt's position and how it wraps around the pulleys to ensure correct installation of the new belt.

  6. Install the New Belt: Take the new belt from CigarCity Softwash Supply and carefully position it around the pulleys. Ensure it follows the same path as the old belt. Make sure the belt is properly seated on each pulley.

  7. Adjust the Tension: Tighten the pump tensioner until the belt has about 1/4 inch of play. To test the tension, try twisting the middle of the belt 90 degrees. It should have a slight give but not be too loose or too tight.

  8. Align the Pump and Engine: Ensure that the pump and engine are properly aligned. Misalignment can cause premature wear and damage to the belt. Adjust the position of the pump as needed to achieve proper alignment.

  9. Secure the Pump: Once the alignment is correct, tighten the four pump bolts on the bottom of the skid to secure the pump in place.

  10. Reinstall the Belt Cover: Place the belt cover back over the assembly and secure it with the four bolts. Use a wrench or socket set to tighten the bolts, ensuring the cover is snug and secure.

  11. Test the Pressure Washer: With the new belt installed, start the pressure washer and run it under a load to test its performance. Ensure that the belt operates smoothly and that there are no unusual noises or vibrations.

By following these steps and using quality parts from CigarCity Softwash Supply, you can successfully replace the belt on your belt drive pressure washer. Remember to prioritize safety, take your time, and double-check your work to ensure a successful and efficient repair.