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Bearing failed on sears front load washer, I think.

Machine is about 3 years old. I can't find the manual.

Complaints.com for my model said another machine that sounded like a thunderstorm during the spin cycle turned out to be a failed bearing.

I turned my contol to off to stop the spin cycle. After circling around the dial on all the off's the door opened and I removed the clothes. My wife said it was not overloaded and what looked like a small load to me was just small items, socks, tshirts etc. I ran the spin cycle empty and it made some noise that was unusual per my wife but not the thunderstorm we heard before.

Any suggestions?

Kenmore Sears model 417.43042200




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Usually it will be the bearings and that's not good. It usually cost about the same as a new machine. If we do a repair like that for a machine that is under warranty it takes 2 guys about 2 hours to do and the parts alone are ~$800.00 The whole basket and back drum need to be replaced. Very often they fail because the customer did not use "HE" soap. Regular soap really foams and that get's into the bearings. I know the manual says it prefers HE soap but I wish they would point it out better because the machines use so little water, regular soap and too much of it will kill those machines. Sorry I don't have better news for you my friend but I have seen a lot of them go out and unfortunatly it's a cost prohibitive repair :(

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