Should I Remove The Transit Bolts From My Washing Machine?

The short answer is yes, you do have to remove the transit bolts before using the washing machine for the first time. As with many things related to appliances there are very good reasons for transit bolts being installed at the factory as well as very good reasons why you need to remove them before using your new appliance.

If this is all new to you and you don’t even know what transit bolts are, keep reading. In this article I explain what transit bolts are, what they’re used for and why it’s important to remove them before using your new appliance.

What Are Transit Bolts?

Transit bolts are put into the washing machine at the factory to prevent the drum of the machine bouncing around or moving during transit. If the drum were allowed to move around during its journey from the factory to your home, it could cause serious damage to internal components.

The bolts are fitted at the back of the appliance and need to be removed using a spanner, screwdriver or ratchet depending on the type fitted. Consult your user manual for the correct way to remove the transit bolts from your model.

What Would Happen If The Transit Bolts Weren’t Removed?

If the transit bolts were left in place and you turned the washing machine on, you risk seriously damaging your appliance. In some cases, you could damage your new machine beyond repair if the transit bolts aren’t removed.

Once you start the washing machine on a cycle, it will try to run that cycle. The problem is the drum cannot move due to the transit bolts. This will eventually cause the motor to burn out, the drive belt to break or the drum to be damaged.

It is also possible for the outer tub to be ripped apart, and the powerful vibrations could cause major damage to not just internal components of the washer, but also in your home.

The Warranty Would Be Void

Every washing machine user manual supplied with every new washing machine throughout the world states where the transit bolts are located and how they should be removed. Be sure to read the user manual and familiarise yourself with the whereabouts of all of the transit bolts and how to remove them.

If you fail to remove the transit bolts and the appliance gets damaged, you would not be covered on the warranty supplied with your new appliance. This is because it is not a failure on the part of the machine, it’s the fault of the installer.

How To Remove The Transit Bolts On A Washing Machine

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Removing the transit bolts is a simple task that can be carried out by anyone with only a slight amount of DIY knowledge. All you need to do is access the rear of the washing machine and locate the transit bolts as per the user manual instructions.

Your machine will have two, three or four transit bolts spread out on the back of the appliance. Many manufacturers use brightly coloured spacers to help identify the transit bolts.

All you need to do is use a spanner or ratchet to undo the bolts by turning in an anticlockwise direction. Once freed, the bolts can simply be pulled from the appliance.

After removing the transit bolts you can fit the dust covers supplied by the manufacturer to prevent dust getting into the back of the appliance. These are not strictly necessary but if they’ve been supplied it’s a good idea to fit them.

Once the transit bolts have been successfully removed, you can install the new washer by connecting the water hose and drain hose as directed in the user manual.

Before finalising the installation, it’s a good idea to double check that you have removed all of the transit bolts correctly.

Keep The Transit Bolts In A Safe Place

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After you have successfully removed all of the transit bolts, it’s a good idea to store them in a safe place. This is so you can reuse them if you decide to move home and want to take the washer with you.

If you are moving home you can replace the transit bolts by removing the dust covers and putting the transit bolts back in place and turning them clockwise to secure the drum. Don’t forget to take them out again once you reach your new home and reinstall the washing machine.

If you have lost the transit bolts and you’re only moving a short distance it should be OK. However, for longer moves, you can either buy replacement transit bolts (just quote your model number) or remove the back panel from the machine, and stuff a blanket round the drum to prevent it moving.

This will prevent any damage to the internal components of your appliance as the removal vehicle negotiates our potholed roads.

SEE ALSO: Do Tumble Dryers Have Transit Bolts?

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if you don’t remove transit bolts from a washing machine?

If you don’t remove the transit bolts from a washing machine and run it, the drum will not turn. This will cause the motor to burn out, it could also damage the drive belt and it could damage the drum as well. Plus you will not be covered on the warranty either.

Can you move a washing machine without transit bolts?

Whilst you can move a washing machine without refitting the transit bolts, it’s not advisable. The transit bolts are there to prevent damage to the drum and other internal components as the washer bounces around during its travels.

Do new washing machines have transit bolts?

All new washing machines have transit bolts fitted to protect the internal components from damage during transportation. It is important that the transit bolts are removed before using your new appliance to prevent damage to the motor, drive belt or drum.

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