How to remove shipping bolts on a washing machine

Carriage of a washing machine is a necessary procedure. Any equipment must be delivered from the warehouse (store) to the consumer. In the event of a breakdown, you will also have to take the car for repair.

In order not to damage the unit when moving, it is necessary that all parts are securely fixed with special clamps. It is especially necessary to carefully monitor this when buying goods from a display case.

Important!Transportation fasteners must be either complete with the main product, or already installed.

Functions of the transportation fastener

The device of the washing machines is such that the tank with a metal drum inside freely swings inside the housing. For washing it is an excellent solution, and for transportation it is a disaster. If there is any shaking of the steel machine, the drum can damage the tank, especially if it is made of plastic.

To prevent this from happening, transportation equipment is provided in the equipment of the machine - hexagon head bolts and two washers. They fix all the inside of the unit and prevent its breakdown.

The diameter of the bolts is 12-14 mm. Some brands have brackets with a diameter of 10 mm. The rubber washer is in direct contact with the housing, and the steel washer tightens the mount. A special plastic cylinder is also put on the bolt, which fills a small space between the machine body and internal parts, firmly fixing the elements.

Where are the mounts and how to remove them

If the machine has front loading (LG, Ariston), then the bolts are always located at the rear (see photo).

Vertical machines (Indesit, Zanussi, Whirlpool) can have fasteners on both the top and rear walls.

The number of bolts ranges from 4 to 6 pieces. Sometimes there are 3, or 2, as, for example, in compact Kandy machines


  1. First you need to loosen all the bolts with a wrench (Indesit, Bosch, LG cars have such a wrench in the kit) by turning them counterclockwise with little effort;
  2. Push the screw all the way in, about 20 mm;
  3. Without removing the screws, remove the rubber washer and the plastic cylinder from the pear-shaped hole;
  4. Then remove the bolts themselves;
  5. Close the holes with special plastic plugs that are supplied with the machine. They are necessary to protect the inside of the machine from moisture or debris.

Reference! If there is no key, then in extreme cases, you can use pliers. A screwdriver will not work for these purposes!

For Candy washing machines:

  1. Remove the two screws on the rear wall, remove the top cover;
  2. Disconnect 2 bolts that press the metal plate;
  3. Remove the foam tab;
  4. Replace the top cover and fasten with screws.

In some brands of cars, for example, Gorenje or Miele, metal pins perform the fixing function. They are removed with pliers. 

The pin head is tightly gripped and rotated 90 degrees. The protrusions at the end should coincide with the slots on the machine body. After that, they are removed through the hole.

Reference!It happens that plastic washers slide off the screw and fall to the bottom of the case. In this case, they get out through the front panel of the machine. There are two holes on it: one is located next to the drain pump filter, the second is on the right, where the drain hose is located. You need to pull it a little on the cap. The housing has slight tilts in both directions. When washing, vibrations are created, and after the machine completes the cycle, the cylinders will be near these holes. They can be reached by hooking with something sharp, such as a piece of wire.

All removed fasteners must be retained. They will be needed for further transportation.

What will happen if the bolts are not removed

Some customers rush to start using the purchase and do not attach importance to the fact that the mounts remain in the case. Meanwhile, this is fraught with serious breakdowns, up to a complete loss of machine performance.

Remember! Using washing machines with unfastened fasteners is strictly prohibited!

As already mentioned, the drum is attached to the tank with shock absorbers. When the transport fixture clamps the drum, the bolts not only touch the tank, deforming it. When the unit is operating, a huge load arises on all engine parts and bearings.

This is especially noticeable when the spin function is on. All vibration is transmitted to the machine body. She begins not only to vibrate, but also to “jump” on the floor, making unpleasant noises. Belleё it is distributed unevenly over the tank, impairing the quality of the wash.

Reference! That is why the exhibition models of machines do not have fasteners inside. When buying goods from a display case, buyers should be especially careful to ensure that the bolts are put in place before transportation.

How to transport a washing machine

In order for the car to arrive safe and sound, certain rules must be observed. Before transportation, you must:

  • to clean the car;
  • drain the remaining water;
  • disconnect the hoses;
  • with a knife or screwdriver, slightly pry off the edge of the plug and remove it;
  • to put on sealing bolts on bolts;
  • install fasteners.

For proper installation, it is necessary to precisely get the ends of the bolts into the holes of the thread. Since the thread is likely to become clogged during operation, this requires some effort. So that the tank does not interfere with proper installation, it must be turned a little manually.

The machine must be transported either in a horizontal position or on its side, with a cuvette down.

If the bolts are lost or broken, you should contact the workshop to make duplicates. It is not recommended to buy fasteners for machines of another brand.

It is important to remember that transportation without fasteners is fraught with serious consequences, up to the complete failure of the machine. Bolts must be installed even when the machine is being transferred from one room to another.

Thus, when washing, the fasteners must be removed, and during transportation - installed again. If a breakdown occurs due to non-compliance with these rules, then the fault lies entirely with the consumer. In this case, the workshops have every right to refuse warranty service, and you will have to pay for expensive repairs from your own pocket.

A more detailed article on the transport and transportation of the washing machine here.

Watch the video: Front Loading Washer Installation - Removing Shipping Bolts (November 2019).


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