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Loud Clicking noise only for the first 30-40 seconds of spin cycle.

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a loud clicking noise during the spin cycle. Last night I removed the front cover to inspect the insides. I didn't see anything obvious, I also tilted the washed back and inspected the belt. I removed the belt and hand spun the pulleys both the Larger basin pulley then the water pump pulley, both seem to move freely in both directions without any noticeable restrictions or sounds. I then removed the plactic dust cap from the bottom of the larger basin pulley and there were no shavings to indicate any damage. I then put the washer back down and stared a load with the cover off. I advanced the timmer to speed up the test, and again the loud clicking but I cannot locate it. Now , here is what I am thinking, maybe the water pump. The water pump has a somewhat clear top, and I can watch the water flow throughout the spin cycle. The clicking starts when the water is flowing through and just when the pump starts to cloud up with soap residue, or the tub is empty, the clicking start to fad and the silent. The rest of the spin cycle is quite. Any Ideas??

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  • brandon aly Jul 06, 2007

    Thanks for the quick response. Last night I performed some test to hopefully isolate the trouble. I advanced to cycle to spin and started the washer. Then when the spin cycle started, something was making a hell shish racket. A waited for the noise to fade away (32 seconds exactly), then I opened the lid, stopping the spinning action. I then closed the lid and the basin started spinning again but this time no loud sound. I repeated this several times all with the same result!

    Due to my inexperience with working on appliances I am very cautious about making quick judgments, but I am leaning towards a water pump simply because of the following:
    1. It only makes the sound during the spin cycle (water pump is only active then)
    2. It last for only 30-40 seconds (About the time it takes to pump all the water out)
    3. After the water drains and the spin cycle is interrupted then restarted, the sound goes away.

    Thanks for the previous post; I think you are on to something. However I am unfamiliar with appliance water pumps and haven?t the foggiest clue on how these contraptions work. Can I take the water pump apart, are they serviceable?

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You may have something caught in the pump impeller. I have found nails, screws, drill bits, paper clips and other small items that some how make their way past the wash tub and into the drain line. I would inspect the drain pump. Remove as much water as you can. Using a wet/dry shop vac to pull water through the drain hose is the best way to drain all residual water from the pump and drain lines. Remove the inlet line first and inspect the pump impeller. Chances are, you have something stuck causing the impeller to rub against it. If this has gone on too long, you may have some damage to the pump. I hope this is helpful to you.

Posted on Jul 06, 2007

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jul 06, 2007

    Unfortunately, I do not believe the pump is serviceable on your washer. You can remove it and look inside either end of the pump, but I don't believe you can open it up. You may be able to see what is causing the noise (if this is the case) and fish it out, or simply just replace the pump and be done with it. Part number 1000731 on repairclinic.com. The part runs slightly less than $50. Good luck.

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