Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
The first problem we noticed was some louder than usual noises coming from the washer. Later, the wash cycle stopped with an f06 error code. I opened up the machine to check for loose wire connections, but found that I could barely turn the basket manually. I could turn it in one direction with much effort, but not at all in the other direction, and I could hear that there was something rubbing between the basket and tub. Then I found, looking at the front of the tub, inside the door, behind the gray rubber flange, that pieces or the rim of the plastic tube, right near the front of the stainless steel basket, were worn completely through and were coming loose. Apparently some of this loose plastic was jammed inside between the basket and tub, preventing it from turning freely. I'm not sure what happened, but suddenly the basket would turn freely again, and I could wash a load of clothes with no problem. I did remove some of the loose pieces of worn tub plastic, but the rubbing I had heard earlier that seemed to be stopping the basket from turning was in the rear, and I could not have removed that - it may have just fell into a different position no longer obstructing movement.
In any case, it works now, but the wear around the inside front rim of the tub is severe. It seems as if the front outside edge of the stainless steel basket has been cutting right through the plastic tub.
We bought the washer when we had our house built, which was about 3 years ago. The house is sturdy, but the washer has always (I think) vibrated the heck out of the house during the spin cycle.
Anyone familiar with the problem? We have have a Sears repair guy coming in two days. What should I expect?
Your inside stainless drum has detached itself from its shaft that goes into the bearings. It is junk at this point. Everything you discribed is exactly what happend to me. I took it all apart (as per youtube video i looked up). The stainless drum cost is $385 and the fiberglass surround that was chewed up is $121. Not worth fixing as the bearing are most likely shot as well ($100 for them). sorry but that is the reality.
Posted on Oct 29, 2013
Well not sure about yours but some front load washers have a five year warranty on the tub but you have to pay the labor which is between 100-150dollars
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
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