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Frigidaire front load washer drum loose banging around

From what i have read about the frigidaire front load washers...the bearings and spiders fail which causes the drum to come loose and bang around. it seems like a common problem with them from all the problems i have been reading.

well the same loose drum and banging noise has happened to me with my frigidaire front load (unknown model number)...what are the chances that the spider and bearings are actually the problem...should i bother to call in a service guy? from what i have read it will cost at least 450 to fix...at that rate i might as well purchase a new unit for 600ish...if i do decide to get a new unit is there a brand that you recommend? thanks...

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  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    Hello, My front load Fridgedaire washer drum is loose from whereever it is supposed to be. Thanks Kate

  • kittyorat Dec 17, 2008

    I have a 5 yr old Frigidaire stackable washer/dryer. the front load washer (mdl #gstf1670as0) suddenly began to squeak during wash cycle and then made unbearably loud banging noise during spin cycle...from what i've read and heard, this is common problem...is an "arm" or "spring" and will cost $450-$500 to fix...if it is so common why not a "recall"? I cannot find a solution anywhere except to fix self (if can) or buy new...this set replaced a 20 year old whirlpool washer & dryer that "still ran", but did not fit in new kitchen...what gives? defective product? kittyorat

  • pjharney Jan 11, 2009

    I also have the same problem with a Frigidaire GSTF1670AS0 front load washer. I purchased it on 1.7.2004 along with a house full of appliances, all based upon Consumer Reports' research. This thing started banging last week and when I called my local dealer I was told that it was 5 years to the day! I'm told that the repair could run about $450. I called Frigidaire and was offered a 5% rebate towards a new one (that'll just cover the sales tax here in Massachusetts).

  • badfrigidre Jan 12, 2009

    My front loader just started making this noise. This washing machine has cost me double what I bought it for in repairs, new engine at one point, etc.etc. Now the drum is completely off and making a horrid sound. I will not be buying a Frigidaire again. I bought the set brand new in 2002 when we purchase a new house.

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    Man... am I regretting this purchase!

    4 1/2 years old. Started having the problem just after year 3. Drum and bearings replaced a year ago. Now same banging rattling freight train sounds and movements have restarted.

    You can literally see the drum swing side to side during the cycle. Works like a charm on an empty cycle but even baby clothes makes the whites and colors cycles return that horrid shaking. Not to mention the ticking. Every other second ticking. Annoying.

    Not the legs. All balanced. Have heard everything from drums off kilter to rubber bad to bra under-wire...still the problem remains. A mystery if ever one existed.



    Not the location. Happens if on solid concrete (basement / first floor) or wood (upper or second level)

    Frightful. But then again, what do I expect when I buy a washer from a 'fridge company'? Next buy will be whirlpool or maytag. Costs more but I won't have to call in a repairman!

    *sigh*

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    We purchased an electrolux ewf 1087 front loader just over 2 years ago. Same problem, noise started to come out and now it will not spin. Will go back to top loader as the last one that we had lasted 15 years (not because it was broken, but because the enamel paint in the drum peeled off and left stains on clothes)

  • Nikki Nicholson May 11, 2010

    Has anyone checked your shock absorbers. If they are plastic they tend to break at the top of the shock where it attaches to the tank. The replacements are much improved.

  • Curt Jul 12, 2012

    I know this issue is dated, but I had the same symptoms on my Frigidaire front-loader. I pulled the tub assembly apart to find the spider (sprocket, tripod, or other name) that mounts the drive shaft to the inner tub was broken on two of the three arms. This allowed enough play to bang around while it was spinning. The part is not available separately. It is sold with the inner tub for as low as $253. Adding labor, and, as was put, it is more sensible just to go buy a new washer. Even for a DIY'er to fix it doesn't make sense unless he can find the assembly used for a good price. My model has bolts that hold the spider/shaft assembly to the inner tub. Unless you're handy and can find the part, I recommend a new one!

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centurionin
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SOURCE: Front Loading Washer - Load Banging During Spin Cycle

hello, your problem is that your shocks are bad and need to be replaced. you can access them by removing the front lower panel. make sure you unplug the washer first. you will see 2 of them on either side of the tub. i belive you can twist the upper portion and then remove the bottom screew and remove the shock. of course before you start you should have the new shocks. and make sure their is no water in the tub.

Posted on Dec 08, 2008

onthejob5130
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SOURCE: drum/frigidaire washer

wow thats a long hard job ,,overhaul....the part your looking for is the spin tube surport,,you have to take the hold drum out than seperate the front tub from the back bearing tub,,and pull wash basket out though front..,,also if you had a leak or surport broke and is making noise.. change back bearing tub too.i recommend a professional technician...but if you want to do it your self ..post question how to change wash basket,,glad to help

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

aborcass
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SOURCE: A loud bang .....like a hammer was thrown in there.

ouch!! can you "lift up " on t he inner drum with a movement of 1 inch or more??? if so sounds as if you needa rear bearing assy. dont know how old machine is, but genearlly if parts not covered its not a worth while repair. will run hundreds of dollars

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Loud banging noise during final high speed spin

I have the HE3T which is 6 yo. Last week it started making a loud banging noise in the spin cycle. I had a repairman come out. He said it is the drum bearings. He said that it is a problem with these machines and to call Sears. He said that the drum and bearing is one assembly and that Sears should cover it.

I called today and Sears todl me that I have to pay for a Sears technician to come out a determine if it is indeed the problem. If so, it will be covered under the lifetime warranty on the drum. I have to pay for the service call $75.00 and if it is the problem, I will be reimbursed. Cross my fingers!

Posted on May 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Frigidaire front-load washer making LOUD banging

Does the loose brace end look broken or like a bolt fell out of it. If it has the missing bolt appearance, look for parts on the floor of the machine. Look for where it was attached and re-bolt the part. If it was welded, it will require the same to fix the problem. Not a usual DIY fix.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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