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Not sure which machine the previous suggestor is referring to,
But the Wascator/Wascomat W73/74/75 that uses the 990217 Bearing Assy needs a BIT More than a Couple of large flat-head screwdrivers" to repair correctly.
You will need;
A large 2 jaw puller
2 suitably size bearing installers, 2 properly sized pipes may be used instead
A small sledge hammer or single jack
A full tube of a good quality, (not cheap!) Lithium Grease (I perfer the waterproof Marine type)
A normal supply of sockets and other tools
Lay the washer on it's face on top of two 2x4's or 4x4's
Use a Large Black Marker to mark the Rear Gable in relation to the outer tub in several places
Remove the Z-bracket and the motor cover bracket
Remove the Z-bracket at the 12 o'clock position
Remove the overflow hose completely
Dis-connect the inlet tube from the anti-siphon
Pull out the water level hose tube at the 6 o'clock position & route it out of the way
Remove to 2 outer gable clamps. Note their positions.
Pull the rear gable assy out and place it on two 4x4's to keep the drum off of the ground
It may take a small amount of persuading to get the gable to release from the outer drum
IF you use a small to medium screwdriver to separate it, ONLY do so at the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions
Remove the Cir-clip
Pull off the large drive pulley
Remove the 6 bolts on the bearing housing
Place the 2 hooks of pulley puller under the 2 pull nubs on the bearing housing
Pull the housing off
The upper bearing may or may not come off at the same time
Clean off all the old grease
Pull off the upper bearing, or drive it out of the housing
Pry open the cir-clip and slide it up the shaft. Set aside for later if not included in the new kit.
Pull off the spacer. Set aside if not in new kit.
Loosely Re-attach bearing housing with the 6 bolts. Do not tighten down onto the bearing
Use the puller under the housing nubs as before, or under the housing rim, to pull off the rear gable and at the same time the front bearing.
Set aside the rear gable for later work
Clean the shaft and inspect the seal collar
If it is damaged you will need to have it removed.
I have a way but it is too involved to explain here.
A good machine shop of welder should be able to remove it.
Be sure to tell them it Non Ferrous Metal. It's usually Stainless Steel, but may also be Chromed Bronze/Brass. It Can Not be removed with a torch.
The new one will need to be heated to low temp , as with engine gears, to re-install.
Clean the inside of the bearing housing of any old grease
Set aside for later installation
Knock out the old seals
Clean the inside of the seal housing.
Don't forget the weep hole at about 6 o'clock
Install the new seals.
Spray lubricant around the inside of the opening
If you have a seal driver this is the proper tool. If not you can CAREFULLY driver it (open side toward the inside of the washer, or forward. Flat side toward the new bearing.) A 3/8" or 1/2" extension can be use if you tap around edge until it seats. Take you time. do it slowly.
Do the same with the second seal.
The third seal goes in different. The Opening goes toward the rear of the gable. Tap it only until flush. leave a space between to two forward ones and the rear one.
Put a generous amount of grease on each of the seals
Drop the rear gable onto the drum shaft, with a slight twisting motion
Install the front bearing using the proper sized installer/pipe, and the sledge. Over hit the bearing. It is moving when "ringing". It has hit the stop when it "Thuds"
Install the saper and cir-clip above the front bearing
Install the Rear bearing using the same method as the front but with the smaller installer tool/pipe
Use half the tube of grease to lube the bearings. Build a cone of grease on each eof the inside faces of the bearings.
Install the Bearing Housing.
Install all 6 bolts evenly, Then tighten them in a criss-cross pattern, until the housing seats.
Install the large pulley
Install the cir-clip
Re-install the drum into the outer tub, using the black reference mark
Install the rear gable clamps. tighten evenly.
Re-install all brackets and hoses.
It will be easier to install the 12 o'clock bracket if you install it "up-side-down" with the 10mm bolt accessible from below.
This is the basic repair procedure.
It takes more than a couple screwdriver, but can be accomplished by someone with somewhat better than average mechanical abilities
Commercial Laundry Technician for 27 years
Factory trained for Wascomat, Speed Queen/Huebsch/ and all other top brands of Washers and Dryers
Posted on May 11, 2014
yes you can do it yourself no special tools are need just a couple good flathead screwdrivers and a lot of patiance be sure to put all the new washers and bearing back on in the same order the old ones came off putting the C clip on can be a little tricky but take you time and it can be done you may hvw to use the flat head to pry on the trans. shaft to get the clip in the groove then use a pair of chanell locks or pliers to snap it on if you get a new style bearing it may not look like the one you take off and not have all he washers just snap the small plastic pice onto the bearing put it on the the pulley the most of the time just the thin washe then the C clip the dust cover put belt back on the test machine
Posted on Jan 20, 2009
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