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Off balance, loose drum?

We have had some loads that "finish" with the load still wet. Now I consistently hear the clanging of an off-balance load. Every load. It also seems like the whole drum seems looser when I load and unload it just swings forward to back and I don't remember that.

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  • amiizette Nov 04, 2008

    You were right on. Both shocks. Frustrating that they're made of plastic!!! $34 at Sears for the pair.

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If your machine produces a lot of banging noises when in a permanent press final spin you may be experiencing a broken spider. It is a part which is not made from stainless steel metal, but attached to a stainless still drum (tub spin). So, when it is soaked in water all the time during a normal operation of a washer it creates a galvanic element between a stainless still drum and itself. This results in severe corrosion of the "spider" and then leads to it's breakage. To check if you have a broken "spider" open the door of the washer and try to kick your internal drum back and forward while rotating it slowly.If you will hear clicking noises (metal to metal) in some position of the drum it means that your spider is broken. The replacement of this spider will require complete disassemble of the drum. Most likely you will end up replacing this whole part
Drum assembly, spin basket Part # 131618500Another way is get just a spider part, it's doable, but may be tricky.
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Remove lower panel and ck for broken shock..if shocks look ok ck inner basket for excess vertical motion if lots of excess motion possible broken support

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