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Washer very loud while spinning - Kenmore 43142 Front Load Washer

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  • barryt Mar 04, 2009

    Same, very loud when spinning

  • copndaddy Apr 04, 2009

    My Kenmore has the same problem, and leaving 'grease' marks on my clothes. My best guess is the tub bearing has gone out, which does two things. Releases grease and makes a LOT of noise when spinning. Cost is almost $200 for me to purchase a new rear tub which comes with the bearing pressed in. My only problem with this is the fact that I felt like Kenmore should LAST longer than just 5-7 years before a major issue such as this. What happened to appliances lasting 20+ years?

  • jerry03755 Apr 10, 2009

    Very load when spinning and leaves grease spots on the clothing.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    While spin mode you hear the grinding of bearings.

  • lanek48 May 09, 2009

    Loud noise when spinning and oil on clothes.
    Sears repairman said with parts and labor it would cost 1035.34 to fix this problem. The washer is 5 & 1/2 years old and we paid $599.00 for it and bought an extended warranty for 5 years for another 199.99. The washer lasted 6 months past the extended warranty. I am concerned with buying another front load washer from sears or if all front load washers have similar problems.


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Bearings packed up.

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Tub Bearing If the washer is making a loud noise the tub bearing might be worn out, this is a common problem. The bearing can be replaced.

Clutch If the washer is making a loud noise in the spin cycle, the clutch assembly might be worn out. The clutch assembly makes the connection between the transmission and the inner tub. It is designed to allow the tub to get up to the proper spin speed gradually. As the clutch wears out it may become loud during spin or just after the spin cycle finishes. The clutch is not repairable, if it is loud or not working properly it will need to be replaced.

Drive Belt If the washer is making a loud noise the drive belt might be defective. Over time the drive belt will dry out and start cracking, eventually a piece of the belt can break off resulting in a loud noise whenever the motor is running.

Transmission If the washer is making a loud noise the transmission might be worn out or defective. There are many other more likely causes for noise from a washer. If the noise turns out to be caused by the transmission it may have to be replaced.

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Drive Motor If the washer is making a loud noise the drive motor bearings may have worn out. Washer motors are normally almost silent when they run. If the motor is run without a belt hooked up to it and it's loud it will have to be replaced.

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Tub Seal and Bearing Kit If the washer is making a loud noise the tub seal and bearing kit may need to be replaced. This is a common problem and the parts are relatively easy to replace.
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Motor Coupling If the washer is making a loud noise the motor coupling might have failed. The motor coupling connects the motor to the washer transmission. It is designed to fail if the washer is overloaded in order to protect both the motor and transmission

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