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Bearing. replacement ,Aquarius wma30s.

How do I get into outer casing as the bearing job I have done on numerous other machines.

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This one comes out through the front.Remove screws behind soap drawer and take off control panel then take out screws at top and bottom of front panel. take seal off door then lift front to remove. the rest you obviously know.
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Does the outer drum on a hotpoint WT540

All outer tubs on most Washing Machines these days are sealed.
Therefore you cannot split the tub to get inside and change the bearings. instead you have to change the whole tub assembly as a complete unit. Not an easy job.

Oct 27, 2014 | Hotpoint Washing Machines

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When spinning the drum makes a vibrating/grinding noise/feel to it, would this be bearings gone in the drum "any ideas"

Yes, that's a classic sign of a failed drum bearing. It wi;ll continue to get noisier and may eventually cause a leak from the machine which may cause more expensive repairs if the water and highly corrosive washing solution damages other parts.

The bearing itself is available and can be replaced, but your machine is not designed with bearing replacements in mind. Replacing the bearing involves a near complete strip-down of the machine to completely remove the drum assembly. The outer polypropylene drum will often crack when the old bearing is removed or the new one is refitted and the job is very labour intensive.

The bearing is designed to last the life of the machine, and the machine is only expected to last about four to five years before other parts start to fail as well. If the bearing fails during the warranty then the usual fix is to replace the entire inner and outer drum assembly.

I can't give you a step by step guide, but drum replacement is not cost effective if you have to pay for the repair, and bearing replacement may be worth trying if you know an experienced DIY mechanic and appreciate the risks. The part is relatively cheap, but if the repair fails you've blown money which could have gone towards a new machine. Dismantling to replace the bearing is fairly straightforward and commensense, but on some models the spot welds on the rear of the casing need to be drilled out and they can be replaced with pop-rivets afterwards. A short length of scaffold pole or a large socket can be used to drift out the old bearing and press in the new one. It's also necessary to replace the drive-belt as well, but you can leave that extra cost until you're sure that the bearing replacement has been a success.

Haynes publish a washing machine repair manual; you can either buy it or will often find that it's available at your local public library and it's invaluable if you lack confidence with jobs like these.

If you need to buy another machine, then try to avoid Merloni Group products such as Hotpoint, Indesit, Candy, Ariston. They may be cheap, but they don't last. Brands like LG, Miele, Siemens and AEG don't cost twice as much but they do typically last more than twice as long. Bosch for some reason, definitely aren't as good lately, despite being part of the same group as Siemens. A good quality basic machine will usually serve you far better than a feature-packed Merloni piece of tat.

Jul 08, 2011 | Hotpoint Aquarius WF000 Front Load Washer

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The machine makes excessive noise when spinning and the drum feels to have some movement. I think that the bearing needs to be replaced. The machine is a 6 kg Not tried to fix it yet. Need advice on how...

quite a hard job if you never done this work before.....Depending on model bearings can be on its own kit or you will need HALF DRUM complete with prefitted bearings cost of this is around £75 labour at around 2 hrs.....If its under 5 yrs old Hotpont give a 5 yr warranty call charge is around £100,although this is all you would pay as the Parts are under warranty..Hope this helps.

Jan 06, 2011 | Hotpoint Aquarius WMA56 Front Load Washer

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This is almost certainly due to worn drum bearings. Although the noise is terrible, the machine will likely continue to work satisfactorily for a while longer before it either seizes up or starts to leak. If you start getting rusty marks on your laundry then it will be from the failed bearing.

The solution is to replace the bearings (a major and expensive job), but on budget brands like Hoover it's not generally possible as the outer drum is made of polypropylene and tends to shatter when the old bearing is driven out or when the new one goes back in. So instead, it's more usual to replace the complete inner and outer drum assembly as a single unit. A complete drum assembly is the one of the single most expensive parts of the machine so it's usually a repair which makes no economic sense unless the machine is still under warranty.

Any experienced home mechanic can usually attempt this job and the bearings themselves aren't particularly expensive (especially if the old one is taken to a specialist bearing supplier rather than purchased as an official Hoover part). But it does entail a near complete disassembly of the machine to do so, and on many machines the spot welds on the outer casing have to be drilled out (and replaced afterwards with pop-rivets) in order to remove the drum assembly. The old bearing will need a suitably sized drift tool to remove and refit, and I tend to use a very short offcut of a scaffolding pole is ideal for most machines, but it's not exactly the kind of thing which most home mechanics possess.

Good luck, and please take a moment to rate my reply.

Sep 15, 2010 | Hoover Washing Machines

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How to replace bearings in hotpoint washing machine. Has anuone got a plan view of what I need to do.

Hello,It's fairly straight forward,not easy though.The facial comes off(take the dispenser out and remove the four screws), front of the machine comes off (3 screws at the bottom and 3 behind the facial,the outer tub front comes off.)The pulley on the rear comes off,the inner drum can be knocked through.This gives you access to the bearings and bearing seal,not the easiest to get out.A lot of the time the outer race is left behind from the front bearing and it's a nightmare to get out.Hotpoint use a special bearing tool,get yourself a spider and bearing kit as well as a new tub seal.

May 30, 2010 | Hotpoint Aquarius WMA42 Front Load Washer

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Sounds like the main bearing is going out on the tub during regular washing and spin cycles.

Outer Tub Bearing replacement is a job. What is the first to digits of your Serial Number it will be 10 through 17.

See these post for some insight into the job. It can be done others have done it and I’m in the process of performing it on a Series 10 (1st two digits of s/n) machine. I’m also replacing the bearings in the Spinner Assembly.
Here is some post to review for the work involved.

This Clutch Fix will give you some insight to the dC/uC error code issues and shows the how to remove and replace the Clutch Pulley for maintenance or replacement. If you pull the Outer Tub for bearing replacement I would maintenance the Clutch Pulley.....Rich

Mar 02, 2010 | Maytag Neptune FAV6800AW Top Load Washer

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Noisy spin on hotpoint aquarius WF530 6kg washing machine. Suspect bearing how do I replace them.

If you spin the drum by hand, and it is niosy and rumbling then the main drum bearings have failed.
If under 5 years old, then you should be able to get it repaired under Hotpoint 5 year guarantee, You just pay for labour and call out, cheapest option, it is not really a D.I.Y job, as it is quite involved, and entails a lot of work.
Please rate my advice.

May 27, 2009 | Hotpoint Aquarius WF000 Front Load Washer

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The inner tub is out of balance and rubbing against the outer tub

The rear bearing is part of the back half of the outer tub. In some cases the basket will need replaced also if the shaft is scored. This is a big job. In most cases whirlpool will warranty the parts for 10 years but not the labor. Will need to check in your owners manual. Hope this helps

Dec 02, 2008 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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Drum bearings

as per soultion 2 this is a hard drawn out job involving a lot work and there is no guarantee the bearings will not shatter when trying to knock them out. better get someone in!

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