How to flip a rubber band in a washing machine

How to flip a rubber band in a washing machine

Progress does not stand still, but even modern washing machines are unprotected from breakdowns. It often brings the cutter into the washer, which breaks from the bottom and becomes impossible to wash. Few people know that you can turn the washing machine's cuff and continue using the equipment as if nothing had happened. Today we will tell you about this simple repair, which will help save money and time.

How to move the cuff?

Some try to use force in this operation, but in this way, the cuff will not turn over. The rubber band is attached to the machine with the help of internal and external clamps, so if you do not first disconnect them, you cannot move the rubber seal. It will take time, but otherwise, something else will work.

  • We bend the edge of the rubber seal against the hatch wall, where we look for a clamp made of plastic or metal.
  • We hook the clamp with a screwdriver and then move along until we find the mount.
  • You must loosen the fastener and the clamp removed.
  • We return the gum to its normal state and look for the inner collar.
  • We hook it with a screwdriver and loosen it, but in this case, removing it is unnecessary.
  • Turn the cuff 180 degrees so that the hole is at the top.
  • We install the inner clamp in its place, unscrew the seal, and install the outer clamp.
  • Now it remains only to check that the cuff fits well into the groove, after which we close the hatch of the washer. If it closes normally, then complete the job successfully.

Choose your repair tools carefully. Do not use small sharp screwdrivers, stationery, cutlery, or other knives. Otherwise, there is a high risk of damaging the cuff even more.

Can a hole be closed?

Such budgetary repairs occur, but they only sometimes correct the situation by 100 percent. Sometimes, the gum leaks, so you have to go for a new part or try to patch up the old one.

Of course, it will not work to glue the gum with glue. Neither a moment nor superglue nor any other glue will ensure the long-term performance of the machine. After the procedure, the washing machine will be able to wash normally only once, and even that is not a fact. Hot water, powders, fabric softeners and other detergents destroy almost any adhesive. Only silicone sealant can resist. With its help, we will restore the sealant.


  • You will need a thin curved needle, nylon thread and sealant for the procedure.
  • Sew up the gap butt using a football seam.
  • The resulting seam is abundantly smeared with sealant.
  • We leave the washer with the hatch open for the whole day so that the silicone can dry completely.
  • Now you can start the test wash.

The cuff is repaired if the machine usually washes and does not leak. Such a repair is enough for about six months, so if you do not want to buy new gum, then after six months, you need to update the silicone sealant. Otherwise, it will begin to break down over time.

The main disadvantage of such a budget repair is that it is difficult to get to the damage. If the part is torn from below, you are lucky, but it can also break in the central groove, which is not particularly crawlable. In this case, you must remove the rubber completely, sew it up, and install it from scratch. And if you have to do such complex manipulations and remove the cuff, you should buy a new one and not install the damaged part back.