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Is it possible for the springs to wear out?

There are 3 springs that keep the tub balanced during spin cycles...is it possible for these to wear out over time , thus allowing for almost any load to becime unbalnced.....we tried without clothes and thinhs were fine ...when adding clothes ...it would become unbalnced every time..

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If you have loaded the washer correctly, the springs could certainly be the problem. If the washer is old, now may be a good time to consider replacing it as prices are low and stores are in competition to unload inventory.

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Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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Keeps going out of balance during the rinse and spin cycle and chimes. We have reset it several times but it still keeps going out of balance.


Hello. I need the make and model number to help you accurately but here is something you can check right away. If this is a top loading unit, open the lid and place your hands on the right and left side of the tub ring(the plastic ring that covers the spin basket). Smartly push down on it and let go. The tub/basket assembly should grip going down and pull coming up--JUST LIKE AN AUTOMOBILE SHOCK ABSORBER) Most newer top load washers have a set of 4 suspension rods--one at each corner of the tub, they have torsion springs and, the whole tub is suspended by them. They keep the basket/tub under constant control. They are worn out when, if pushed down as described above, display a "bouncy hobby-horse" movement. THEY SHOULD COME UP AND IMMEDIATELY SETTLE. And yes, if a single corner is worn more than the rest, REPLACE THE FULL SET. Normally, they come in a set of 4--however that isn't always true. Some washers have different rods for the rear of the tub and front--(ex. there is a model that has red colored rods for the back and blue ones for the front and its EXTREMELY important to get them correct--there are different part numbers for them, too). Also, and this is for any top loaders with the wash plate(round disk at the bottom), if the shaft/bearings are shot(roaring like a jet aircraft or sounding like a freight train in your laundry room), this can cause an out of balance error also. If the unit is "thumping"(i.e. not spinning smoothly on spin) it could indicate a direct drive motor with a cracked stator assembly(the part of the motor with all the wire coils).
For the FRONT LOADERS, they all have shock absorbers--either 3 or 4, depending on the make/model. NORMALLY, the shocks almost never wear out--they will break or crack and need to be replaced. If they are undamaged and still sliding in/out, chances are they are good. What DOES wear out is the set of HEAVY DUTY suspension springs that the WHOLE tub assembly is hung by at the top on the left and right sides. These springs look like "hobby horse springs on severe steroids". After some years of use--there is no hard and fast rule, they can become worn out and allow too much movement of the tub/basket assembly, resulting in the out-of-balance error codes occurring more and more frequently. Generally, these sets of springs are not expensive--but you better have eaten your Wheaties in order to replace them!(That tub is heavy as heck and the springs have to be placed in specific holes at each side). When you remove the top, you will see how the springs are mounted. I hope I helped you!

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Machine goes out of balance & vibrates on spin cycle


Some models of top-load washers use tub dampening straps to cushion the movement of the tub during the spin cycle. There are four straps attached to the top of the tub and to each corner of the cabinet

Also There are four suspension rods that suspend the tub and allow the tub to free float. If the suspension rods are noisy, there will be a squeaking noise during wash. You can fix this by putting bearing (lithium base) grease in the cup that each rod rests in. If it continues to squeal replace all four rods the cups come with the rods, replace them as well.

If your washer has a loud banging noise during spin the balance weight may be loose. This weight is to counter act the weight of the motor so you will find the weight directly behind the motor. Sometimes simply tightening the bolts will fix your issue but if the bolts are stripped out get some bolts slightly longer than the original bolt to allow you to put a locking nut on the bottom side of the mounting plate. If the weight is broken replace it.

Lastly Washer vibration can be caused by a broken counter balance spring. Ur washer may be equipped with one or more counter balance springs which help to absorb the natural movement of the spinning tub. If a counter balance spring fails the tub might lean in one direction more than another and it will shake and cause vibration.










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I have a Samsung washer model number wf338aab/xaa my tub is off balance


All front-load washing machines have shock absorbers that are used to dampen the tub movement in the spin cycle. The shock absorbers or struts are attached to the base frame and to the outer tub and you will need to remove the front panel or the rear panel to access them. When shock absorbers weaken or become damaged, the machine will often make a loud banging sound during the spin cycle and if the symptom is not corrected, can lead to damage of other components. Inspect the shocks for signs of broken attachments, leaked fluids or a weakened dampening action and replace both shocks if worn. Remove power from the appliance before attempting this repair.

Some models of top-load washers use tub dampening straps to cushion the movement of the tub during the spin cycle. There are four straps attached to the top of the tub and to each corner of the cabinet

Also There are four suspension rods that suspend the tub and allow the tub to free float. If the suspension rods are noisy, there will be a squeaking noise during wash. You can fix this by putting bearing (lithium base) grease in the cup that each rod rests in. If it continues to squeal replace all four rods the cups come with the rods, replace them as well.

If your washer has a loud banging noise during spin the balance weight may be loose. This weight is to counter act the weight of the motor so you will find the weight directly behind the motor. Sometimes simply tightening the bolts will fix your issue but if the bolts are stripped out get some bolts slightly longer than the original bolt to allow you to put a locking nut on the bottom side of the mounting plate. If the weight is broken replace it.

Lastly Washer vibration can be caused by a broken counter balance spring. Ur washer may be equipped with one or more counter balance springs which help to absorb the natural movement of the spinning tub. If a counter balance spring fails the tub might lean in one direction more than another and it will shake and cause vibration.
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When the tub is full of water it makes a grinding noise like the tub is rubbing on the base of the unit, and the tub will not stay balanced during the spin cycle?


The suspension of the tub is out of alignment. It is possible that the suspension , the dampers are faulty and lets the tub down with the weigght of the water, This also makes the tub go out of balance during the spin.
Look for faulty/stretched suspension springs, faulty dampers.
The tub must be rigid and kept up and a loadd of about 6-8 kgs must not push it down. set this accordingly.

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With no clothing in the wash tub take the following steps:
1. remove the front cover from the wash tub
2. run a full cycle of laundry and observe the tub's behavior

Potential Solutions:
A. If the tub begins to shake wildly during a full wash cycle with no clothing in it then you will need to adjust the 3 large springs on each side of the tub until the unit is working in a more-balanced position. This is simple to do by hand. If the tub appears to be shaking too far forward, then unhook the 2 large springs in back so they are tighter. Then run a full wash cycle again with no clothing.
* note: there are smaller springs too - you don't have to adjust these to fix your issue

B. If the tub works fine with no clothing during a full wash cycle, then try to load your clothing in a more balanced fashion. For example: if your wash load is only a small kitchen or bath rug then when the unit spins it will spin off balance with a wet & heavy item on only one side of the tub.

C. If you'd like to replace the 3 large springs, I can get you the part numbers. There are specific springs for both sides of the wash tub and they are different part numbers. The full replacement of the 3 large springs can be done by hand.

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