Buying a New Washing Machine? Do NOT Use it Until You Do This.

You waited years for your old washing machine to bite the dust so you could excitedly buy a new one! Then on its first run of your brand new machine shakes so VIOLENTLY it moves across the room.  Here’s how to fix it.



You finally bought a brand new washing machine and instead of purring like a kitten, when you plug it in and run it for the first time it shakes so violently you can feel your internal organs being displaced.

How do I know about this phenomenon?  My liver is currently squashed somewhere around my big toe.

When you buy a new washing machine and it’s delivered by a company that doesn’t necessarily specialize in big appliances you do indeed get delivery of it. Hooking it up? That’s usually up to you. Such was the case when I got a new washer and dryer a couple of months ago.

Which is fine. I’ve hooked up many things.  Dishwashers, refrigerators, a couple of friends with a common interest in Uno. 

So I knew I’d be fine to hook up a washer and dryer. I had hooked up and unhooked my other one countless times when I took it apart to fix it over the years. || Read my post about how to replace your motor’s carbon brushes. ||

I wheeled that washer and dryer into my “laundry closet” and proceeded to do a little dance, make a little love and get Downy tonight. 

The washing machine’s performance was magnificent.  For the first 45 minutes.  When it ended with the spin cycle my laundry closet sounded like it was inhabited by every single animal in the San Diego Zoo.

It turns out, I’d didn’t do the VERY first thing you should do when you get a new washing machine. Because I didn’t know that thing existed. 

The first thing you have to do when you get a new washing machine is: REMOVE THE PACKING BOLTS (also known as transit bolts.)

Don’t know what packing bolts are?  Neither did I. 

A plastic clamp, attached to the washing machine with a bolt.  Looks like it belongs there, right? It doesn’t.  The clamp and bolt are JUST for shipping purposes and need to be removed.

Packing bolts in washing machines keep the drum from moving during transportation.  As you might guess, they also keep the drum from moving while it’s operating.  This is most evident during the spin cycle when your washing machine turns into a monster robot.


How to remove packing bolts from your new washing machine.

  1. Shimmy in behind your washing machine and find the big plastic clamps that look like they belong on your washing machine.  They don’t.  Don’t be alarmed if there isn’t a clamp. Not all washing machines have this, but they WILL all have large bolts, obvious at the back of the machine.


2. Remove the hose from the clamp (if you have clamps) and using a ratchet or wrench remove the long packing bolt holding the clamp in place.

Not all packing bolts and clamps will look exactly like this.  Look up your own model or check your washing machine manual to see what yours look like.

3. Your washing machine came with a bag of parts that you thought were just some fun extras to be stuck in a drawer. They’re not. They’re to put in the holes where the packing bolts originally were.

4. Slip the packing bolt covers into the holes and you’re done. 

Need more of a visual? Here’s a very quick video of how to remove packing bolts.



It’s hard to believe a washing machine could even run with these huge bolts in, but it can. In fact they’ll go completely unnoticed until you hit the spin cycle.

Having a washing machine that’s not level will also cause it to shake and move.  But not like this.

How to know if it’s the packing bolts causing your washing machine to shake.

  1. Is your washing machine new?
  2. Is it shaking so much it seems dangerous?

Then it’s probably the packing bolts causing the problem. That and your refusal to read the manual when it was delivered to you.

Want another tip workshop type tip? If you have an 18volt battery that won’t charge anymore (even though it’s relatively new) this post will show you two ways to get it charging again.

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Buying a New Washing Machine? Do NOT Use it Until You Do This.