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LG F1256QD washer bearings, spider and LE error code!

I have an LG F1256QD front loading washer and it started rumbling on the spin cycle. When I finally got round to doing something about it, it would give a metallic screech on the wash cycle too! I decided to replace the bearings and the spider as it would be a right pain to strip it all down and then find the shaft of the spider was damaged - this is where the water tight seal is made! I ordered the parts from Buyspares and they have a very good video explaining how to do the job. It means the drum has to come out of the washer so be prepared! Simply take your time and follow the instructions. I allowed 12 hours to do the job and I wasn't far wrong!
The hardest part is getting the bearing OUT of the drum. On the video, they say to use a soft face hammer and a screwdriver to tap the bearings out. Forget that - I had to use a 10lb club hammer and it was a long struggle. Lots of WD40 or similar rust penetrator and lots of patience!
When it comes to the spider, you will find that LG have used screws with a soft steel head. Using 1/2" drive and 10mm socket simply rounds the edges of the screw head. Better to use a 1/4" drive and use a heat gun to warm up the casting where the screws are fitted. A common complaint is about the screws. This is due to LG using a thread locking adhesive on the screws so heating them up softens the adhesive and makes it slightly easier to get those screws out! I fitted a new spider as there was signs of wear on the old one and the water tight seal is made between the base of the spider shaft and the bearing cover.
Reverse the process until everything is back together. Don't be surprised if you get an LE error code on start up. I discovered many folk are advised to replace the hall effect sensor on the motor however..........The motor should look like some copper coils sitting on a round white frame. If the frame is covered in brown dust - and you've had the screeching - this is due to the magnets in the rotor cover that goes over the motor. You end up with magnetic dust everywhere. A good tip is to clean out all the material between the magnets - an old toothbrush is helpful - and take some Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and throughly clean the motor coils, frame and hall effect sensor, paying particular attention to the connector pins. The sensor tells the rotor where it is and a sure sign its confused is to put the machine on a rinse cycle with nothing in it and watch the inside of the drum. If the drum makes twitchy movement right and/or left then the sensor is confused and needs a good clean out.
Rather than spending yet more money, this worked first time - just remember to try and get both parts of the motor as clean as possible!
Hope this is of help!

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