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Re: how to take apart drum assembly on kenmore front load...
Is this a HE2,5,4 model? Can you give me the model number from inside the door. If it's a front loader. The only way you can get it out is to totally tare it down, cement, springs, shocks, and crack apart the outer tub. Very very labor intense. Usually if the unit is out of warranty, the cost of a tech to do it isn't worth it. What's the issure with it?
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After taking apart my own washer, I can tell you that it's not easy to replace this part. It took me several hours to get the washer apart. Even if I were to replace the defective spider assembly, I doubt I could get it back together without screwing it up. Also, the drum's scratched all to hell. Time to get a new washer.
with machine disconnected.at the top is a flat wooden paneland at the rear of machine is two little screws one at each side remove this will expose the top of machineif no belt is visable then its broke and lying at the bottom of machine,as for the pump this sits at the bottom of the drum ,you dont tell me your problem,so,i dont know how to help you.adrianxxx
There are no alignment adjustments for front loading washers. The only issue that could exist to make this type of problem is if the spider or support arms that hold the wash drum true in the washer are broken. You can verify this by removing all items from the washer and spinning the wash drum by hand. If it is sagging or rubbing against any part of the washer as it spins, then the spider is broken.
It is an expensive repair, since the washer needs to be taken apart and the wash drum and spider assembly has to be replaced and maybe the outer plastic tub may also need to be replaced. Get a few estimates before deciding whether to repair or replace. Sorry.
Your Stainless Steel drum is supported inside of the washer tub by a spider assembly. The assemply, which is made of cast aluminum, has corroded (steel and aluminum and detegent don't mix) and the spider assembly has broken. The drum has likely wobbled enough to wear a hole through the tub. You need to replace the drum and spider assembly, and tub.
I just went through the same issue with my Kenmore front loading washing machine. I assumed (and a Sears repairman also told me) that it is the bearings. After I took the drum assembly out, I saw the rear drum broken and the inner tub hitting the outer tub. I ordered the outer drum assembly and only when I took the inner drum assembly out I realized the the "Spider" attached to the inner drum (and spindle) was broken. Entire drum assembly cost $417 + shipping and it may be cheaper in the long run to buy a new washer. I like the front loaders because they save water and good for the environment, but the US manufacturers have not yet perfected the technology like European manufacturers (or they don't want the machines to last too long just like cars). Anyway, I am looking into welding the spider tomorrow. If not will return the outer tub assembly and buy a top loading washer for $300!