Originally Posted by lmoseley7
So I tried putting everything back together using the new parts and the new seal nut's threads are different than the old threads. Luckily I had also purchased the plastic nut and I was able to use the old metal seal nut. None of this affected the bearing which was the major issue. I unfortunately disassembled the brake mechanism when I was tearing the washing machine down, only to find out that it was an unnecessary step and also seems to be posing some significant issues trying to get it back together because of the spring inside the brake. Anyone have any suggestions?
Find three screws (#8-32) that are a half inch longer than the ones used on the brake stator. Assemble the brake spring and rotor, and start the connection with the long screws. When they start to draw the stator in, add the short ones. The pattern will alternate long, short, long, short... Tighten them equally and when they're snug, tighten the short ones. This will take some time, but it beats purchasing the brake tool--unless you plan to do this for a living.