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Grinding sound from washer

During the rinse cycle last night we noticed that the washer was making a sort of periodic grinding noise. It also does this during spin, but seemed to lessen as the spin got up to speed. I think the motor is fine. I took off the belt and observed that the motor and tub pulleys turned as freely as one would expect. BUT the "free wheel" pulley (?) in the back corner of the machine seems slightly off axis -- I think the term for this is cattywampus :-) -- and it definitely feels like it resists turning and feels a little "grindy" part of the way around. My questions: 1) what is this pulley for? 2) how difficult is it to get a replacement part and replace? 3) will it hurt anything if we continue to use the washer until I get it fixed? like, what's the worst that can happen... Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Joe H

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  • Joe Heikes Jun 10, 2006

    Techman, thanks a lot for taking the time to post your help suggestion. As it turns out I am a not too bright! After I pulled the washer out where I could work on it better, it became obvious that the "grinding part" (that "unidentified" pulley) was the pump. I pulled the pump assy and it was obvious that its driveshaft really was off axis which was causing it to make that horrible noise. Went down to a local appliance parts distributor, got the pump assembly (part #21001906, $40) put it in and now it runs like a million bucks! I hope my experience might help someone else.

    Joe

  • Ajax2 Dec 11, 2007

    I have a similar problem. When the washer is on spin cycle it makes a grinding sound. It happens especially when it gets up to speed.

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    Thank you to the person who posted this problem, I had the same one. Because of you I saved myself a service call, my pump was worn out also. To anyone else that has to fix the same thing all I would like to add is the clamp on the discharge hose has to go right on the thick end of the outlet and the hose has to be situated properly to get a tight fit. You may want to pour some water down the discharge hose with a funnel to make sure you have no leaks before putting the access cover back on.

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Could be the transmission or the brake assy is going bad. Go to http://www.repairclinc.com and enter your model and see if you wanna spend the money for the parts. The brake assy is very reasonable but the replacement transmission is over 200 bucks. Now you say you spun around the tube freely and found nothing inbetween them . To use it only time will tell but it will only get worse. The wrse that can happen is that the part thats bad will freeze up and not workanymore. Good luck

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the pully is the drain pump they can go bad or may have somthing in it, pump is not bad to replace part us usually 40 -60$ , you could burn belt up and be forced to replace it also, but if you replace pump would not be a bad idea anyway belts are 20-30 $

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