thanks very much for the help. I reviewed the instructions and there are a few parts that I don't really know about such as the plunger. Not knowing about these parts have significantly hindered fully understanding how to proceed but I pulled the entire gearcase out and managed to slip on the belt that way onto the crank pulley.
However, in the process, I had hastily pulled out the power connections to the wigwag and am now hesitant to reconnect them, fearing that I'll blow something up by connecting it incorrectly. There are two wires in white and one yellow and one red. From the perspective of a washer that is tipped on the front face, what is the sequence for the wires?
One other I noticed was the absence of a ball bearing in the T-bearing. I checked in the cabinet as well as on the floor to no avail. I'll try testing the washer upon reconnecting the wigwag, assuming that I simply overlooked the ball bearing that is still in its proper place and that the broken belt was the main and only culprit to the washer not spinning/agitating and draining. Will doing so potentially damage the machine?
So in short, I'm looking for 1) a wiring color order (assuming that both white wires are interchangeable) and 2) advice on whether I should test the machine without having eyed the 3/16" ball bearing.
Hopefully I won't have to ask the distant 3rd question: where do I get a replacement ball bearing?