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Drum vibration Washer vibrates on spin cycle - even when empty - much worse when loaded. Sounds like something rubbing the drum on each revolution. Can't see any thing unusual on the inside.

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    A could be answer needs more info. Lots of things could be. If it's balancers - are they adjustable - Does something wear that would require adjustment or replacement. Is this a a comman problem with a usual solution?

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Yes, there is...The legs on the washer are adjustable, the rear legs are often ( not always ) self adjusting, make sure the legs are not stuck and that they can move freely. But the front legs can screw in and out to move the washer depending on the floor the washer is sitting on. Make sure the washer is as low to the floor as possible. When the legs are screwed out too far the washer becomes wobbly. Often on the metal style legs there are lock nuts that can be tightened to secure the legs so they don't move on you. washers where really meant to sit on a cement floor, if your washer is on a wooden floor look carefully at the strength of the floor. If the floor is moving up and down when the washer is running, the floor may not be strong enough to support the washers weight. Most main floor laundry rooms floors are nailed down, the sub-floor is more secure if the sub-floor has been screwed down. Sometimes extra support may have to be added under the flooring to add some strength

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, confirm if it is a Kenmore 44102, otherwise post brand and model (front or top loading). Additionally, how long has the unit been in service.

  • If it is fairly new, you would be better off seeking warranty service as the nature of the problem would require mechanical works;
  • If the unit has been in service for some time (warranty has lapsed), then repairs would require mechanical works and basic tools;
  • In cases as you described, the drum could be rubbing on a number of parts but the main culprit could be its support structure, bearing, shockabsorber (or support guide);
  • repairs could be as simple as attaching back a detached component or replacement.
Pls post back result(s). Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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If your washer is making a "freight train" like noise in the spin mode, ( loud roaring ), this is often the spin bearing built into the bottom area of the transmission that is worn out. This bearing is part of the transmission and means a new transmission is required. The noise is usually a result of water leaking from the center seal and bearing area onto the transmission. This water washes out the bearing and it gets very noisy in the spin cycle!! Do check the easy stuff before condemning, nail/pin caught in one of the inner basket holes, nothing is caught in the drain pump, the inner wash basket is not loose and wobbling around.

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Your balancers could be out of sync causing the vibration

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First check the balance.

If the balance is OK, then the problem is usually the drum bearing, check if the drum haws excessive play when spinning, give me the model niumber to get part price and diagrams.

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