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Zanussi IZ12 bearings gone & plastic fragments in drum


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I am pretty sure the bearings on my Zanussi IZ12 have gone (noise and belt came off once). From what I have read changing bearings on washing machines is no easy task but I'm willing to give it a go if its just the bearings.

The problem is I have noticed a lot of shredded pieces and fragments of grey plastics inside the drum and in the outlet filter. There is also a small amount of water leakage if the machine is used (via broken bearings/ seal maybe?)

My guess is the collapsed bearings have caused the drum to scrape against and damage some other part of the machine(?) any ideas where these grey plastic fragments are coming from? If there are other damaged parts I have to replace then it may not be cost effiective for me to try to repair it but buy a new machine.

Thanks in advance.

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Probably all parts inside drum is ok.Heating element is the only damageable item and a sensor.Changing bearings you must separate the drum, all screws in middle of drum must out and then bearing and zimmerring can be changed.Jan

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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 revolving.
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