|This is the old pump|
The new pump looked nearly the same, but I noticed the "feet" were red instead of black, so figured I'd better read the directions.
|This is the new pump|
NOTICE - it does say slight modification is needed. Good thing I decided to read the directions - it would have caused problems later.
This is the doohickey that needed to be modified. See the little mohawk looking piece on the top - easy enough to remove with an exacto knife (which was in my shoebox, right where it belonged!)
These are the two pipes that you'll need to disconnect and reconnect. The black one goes to the back of the pump and connects to the tube itself, the white one goes off the right side of the pump and takes the water out of the machine. The directions said to access the black one you'd have to take off the back of the machine - I did that, but didn't find it necessary. I was able to also take the entire black tube off to make sure it was clear (there is a ball in there - it's supposed to be there, but make sure the socks that have been missing for the past 2 years aren't stuck in that tube!)
By doing everything in reverse - putting the new pump back into the machine is a snap. Reattach the two hoses - use a flashlight to make sure they are secure. Reattached the little plastic piece (which provides power to the pump) - if you didn't make the adjustment earlier - it won't fit in. Make sure everything is tight - put the wires back where they belong, and run a test load. I kept the front of my kick plate off for that first load in case of leaks. Wasn't any - and I was quickly able to catch up on all the laundry....
Here is the finished project. Looking at this picture, I see my next project. See that ugly floor tile? One of the few "improvements" dh did when we bought the house. I hate it. Pink tile with black mortar. What was he thinking? I have a piece of carpeting in my laundry room that covers most of it ... but it still is yucky !