A reader emailed requesting help with a Kenmore 1803. The question: I can't figure how to get the wheel off, so I can get the door off, so I can get at the belts!
I presume the wheel is the hand wheel. First I popped the top off of the machine. I opened the door to the camstack and just pulled if off. It is pressure fitted. This machine has a little plastic cover that fits over the end of the hand wheel. It is also pressure fitted. It pops off with a small screw driver. My particular specimen is missing its plastic piece. Underneath it you will see a screw. That screw holds the hand wheel in place. remove it. I say loosen it in the photo. Forgive me. It must be removed. That will allow the hand wheel to pull off.
There are two screws holding the end piece in place. Remove them. The end piece lifts up and off.
Hopefully this helps. I did not actually remove the belts today. I honestly don't remember if I did remove the belts when I serviced this machine. I know I took the handwheel off. That is why its cover piece is missing. Wonder if Sears Parts Direct has it.
The clutch on this machine is faulty. I think it can be replaced. Sears had it last time I checked. I may have to consider replacing it as a Continuing Education Project.