Drum does not rotate in wash cycle or spin cycle.I suspect bearing problem.Is it difficult to replace bearings? Any special tools required?
Any instructions on how to remove/replace bearings would be helpful.
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Re: Drum will not rotate
Im confused as to why you think no drum rotation would be caused by bearings. typically worn bearings would cause noisy spin. only if bearings were completely seized would that cause no drum rotation.
can you rotate drum by hand? if so bearings are not seized.
can you hear motor rotate when you select spin?
if not, then likely cause is motor brushes.
do these simple tests and get back to me if you want.
and bearings are quite difficult to replace on this machine
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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
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.
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
its the inner baskets bearings behind this basket as water gets past the rear seal into these bearings and ruins them,you need to dismantle the entire unit to remove the inner basket from the outer tub to replace these bearings
It's very difficult to advise on a noisy washing machine because you can't describe noises accurately enough. People often describe the same noises quite differently.
Generally though, if a washing machine is rumbling, and noisy on spin,
the main suspect is the drum bearings. Drum bearing failure is common on
washing machines due to water getting into them if the drum bearing
seal fails. 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 have probably gone.
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 is a brown rust patch underneath the washing machine and down
the back of the outer drum, underneath the drum pulley (where the belt
goes) 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.
Other causes of a noisy washing machine are coins and other obstructions
inside the water pump. This will cause noise when the washing machine
is emptying the water. Coins or other obstructions can get trapped
between the outer tub and the inner drum. This would produce a lot of
noise on spin as they coins get tossed around inside. Usually, spinning
the drum by hand will not reproduce the noise in the case of coins as
the coins drop to the bottom of the tub when the washing machine isn't
A light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand is usually a bra wire trapped between the tub and drum.
A high pitched squealing or harsh noise can be motor bearing wear. This
can also be checked for by taking the belt off and running the motor
A knocking noise can be a loose tub weight. This would be worse with
heavy loads and would not be present on spin with no washing in. This is
because the knocking noise is caused when the tub (or outer drum)
shakes about on spin. Without washing inside the drum the tub doesn't
move. Another symptom of a loose tub weight is grey concrete dust under
the washing machine.
It's very tempting to ignore noises while the washing machine is still
otherwise working. Some noises can be ignored as they will not develop
into serious faults. Other noises, if left, will cause extensive damage
and can end up costing considerably more than if tackled early or these
days writing the washing machine off. Of course the problem is that you
can't tell which of the categories a noise falls into - so ignore them
at your own risk.
On this washer the problem is the washer drum rear bearing is worn out, a common problem and often caused by not using the correct detergent for a front loader, detergent is very corrosive, so special types are used in front loads to prevent soap residue corroding the drum bearing. Once the bearing go out then the struts that cushion the drum during the spin quickly follow.
Hi Drum bearing failure is common when the bearing seals start allowing water to enter. You can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand, and if the drum rumbles, replace the bearings.Since you hear whining it means that the bearing is damaged and the seals on bearing are gone too so it rotates without lubricant. It might be possible to hear whining while you rotate empty drum manually... Turn the drum by hand and listen for loud noises. If the drum itself is split or the 'spider' is corroded, broken or has come apart from the back of the drum it will create a loud noise on every turn of the drum. When the bearings have gone bad, the noise is constant the entire time the drum is spinning. Take the belt off and run the motor alone if you hear a high pitched squealing noise to check for motor bearing damage or wear. If you still hear the noise without the belt, it's the motor bearing.Then replacing the bearing is suggested. Let us know if you want something more else accept the solution. Thanks for contacting fixya.com
when there is a noise in the spin cycle as you describe the drum bearing is failing. the bearings are fitted to the outer assembly of the drum.if the outer assembly is got to old then to replace the bearing u have to replace the outer tub assembly too.but this is a costly repair.only bearing replacement is not too costly but bearings with outer assembly replacement is a costly repairing.it requires proper tools to disassemble the washer unit and replace the parts.This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the
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There are three reasons for such awful noise during spinning. Either the drum or the bearing turning the drum. Check for drum bearing failure if your washing machine is noisy on the spin cycle. Drum bearing failure is common when the bearing seals start allowing water to enter. You can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand, and if the drum rumbles, replace the bearings.
Your old Maytag is a much better machine than the new Maytag's, but replacing the drum bearing and seal is a somewhat expensive and rather difficult job, requiring a couple special tools. Not usually a do it yourself job. Unless you really love that machine, it's time for a new one. The average life of a washer is about 9 years. Look into the front load models which use much less water and spin out over twice as fast as your old top load machine. LG is the top rated by consumer reports, but you don't have to buy the top of the line models to get the the direct drive motor with 7 year part warranty. Other companies make a pretty good product also.
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