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Changing Bearings Hiya, My washing machine makes a rumbling noise on spin and I self-diagnosed the bearings, I bought a bearings kit and now want to fit it myself, I have tools and some electrical/DIY know how and don't want to pay the £75.00 call out charge for an expert and so I'm surfing the net for any instructions or tips to enable me to do this properly and not mess up the machine completely, can anyone help?? Thanks very much - Shellsbells

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Re: Changing Bearings

The good news.for a service engineer this can be done quickly and easily.the bad news service engineer worth his salt would change just the bearings on this bet is to buy the whole back 1/2 tub containing the bearings.for more info contact me on

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Re: Changing Bearings

Before starting with the your repair just try adjusting the washing machine's leg or reduce the load.

Posted on Apr 03, 2007

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Noisy spinning

First make sure that the load is balanced, if you are washing and spinning a dense load like trainers etc this can cause an imbalance. If you are washing a duvet cover or a pillowcase, make sure that the loose clothes washed with it haven't migrated inside the cover or case, this happens so easily. It is always worth checking that the support feet are all touching the ground when the washing machine is empty as this can cause excessive noise
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  • If a washing machine is rumbling, and very noisy on spin, the main suspect is the drum bearings. Drum bearing failure is common on many washing machines due to water getting into them if the drum bearing seal fails. (Hotpoint and Zanussi in particular in my experience) To check for drum bearing failure you can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand. If the drum rumbles when spun then the bearings may have gone. There should be a constant rumble all the time the drum is revolving.
  • Another drum bearing failure symptom is excessive up and down play in the drum which can be checked for by lifting the drum up and down from the drum lip behind the door seal. A further symptom of drum bearing failure can be a brown rust patch underneath the washing machine and down the back of the outer drum, underneath the drum pulley (where the belt goes) although this patch is not always present. There are usually two small holes at the back of the drum bearings where water that has got past the drum bearing seal trickles out, and it's usually stained with grease and rust if water has got into the bearings.
  • Loud noises when turning the drum by hand can also be caused if the drum itself splits, or the spider at the back of the drum has come away from the drum, is corroded or even broken. This would normally be a loud noise on each revolution of the drum whereas the noise when drum bearings have gone is constant all the time the drum is turning. Lifting the drum checking for excessive play can often reveal a broken or loose drum spider which sometimes only occurs at certain points round the drum (the spider has three arms and is bolted to the drum at three points)
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You have to take the whole drum out and IT IS YOUR BEARING(s). Order all four of them

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It is not unusual for a machine to make a lot of noise and jump about when washing sheets as they can sit out of ballance in the drum. That is why the drum turns to and fro and short spins trying to balance the wash. If how ever the noise is rumbling like a big lorry going by, then I'm afraid it sounds like your drum bearings have gone. Replace bearings by an engineer or replace machine either is expensive.

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More than likely the main drum bearings have failed.
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is it a rumbling noise? if so it may be the drum bearings are in need of replacing. two tell tale signs are
1, check clothes for any black speckles, as this is a clear indication that the bearing seal is worn and that oil and grease from the bearings are entering the wash tub.

2, whilst the drum is empty see if there is any movement in the drum, the easiest way is to place four fingers inside the lip of the drum and place your thumb on the door seal and pull it towards you in an up and down motion. if there is any movement then the bearings need replaced.

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yep! your right drum bearings or transmission !!I would go for drum bearings ,not easy!!

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