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The tub is very loose and moves all about, even though I took it apart and noticed the pins and cotter pins had come out and I replaced all three?

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Not a solution but if the machine is "Oldish" or has had heavy use, it sounds like the tub bearings are worn.
This may have even worn the bearings while the cotter pins were out.

Very expensive to repair.

Get quotes and then you may consider the cost of repair against buying a new machine.

Sorry I couldn't be of much help.


Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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Suspension plate


Hi,

The suspension plate should be loose and float between the frame and base. The pin you saw was a shipping pin, they usually are caught in a little plastic cup attached to the base but sometimes fall to the floor, this is normal too. The tub being loose is normal for the top, it is held down by the springs below the tub but nothing on top. By a loud noise, what kind of noise is it? If it is a very loud ratcheting noise when it slows down then the basket drive(spin tube) and block need to be replaced. If it is a growling noise then that is pump and may be normal if the basket is not spinning. If this is the case look very close for an article of clothing caught between the tub and basket.

Apr 19, 2010 | Estate TAWS800JQ Top Load Washer

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This advice is for Kenmore Elite, Whirlpool Duet and Maytag Epic model FRONT LOADING washing machines. If you experience a problem where the washer does not drain properly or the drain pump makes excessive noise, here’s the information you need to check the drain pump:

  1. Unplug the washer while servicing inside the unit.
  2. Remove the lower kick panel under the door by removing the three 7mm screws under the bottom edge of the panel. HINT: Use a couple of blocks of wood to prop up the front feet of the washer to gain better access to the screws. Once the screws are removed the panel should drop down, and then pull off. If the panel becomes stuck, a slight tap on either side will dislodge it.
  3. Locate the drain pump. It will be located directly under the wash tub (it is the only pump this washer has).
  4. There is an access removal cover on the pump that can be removed to clean out the trap. BEFORE doing this, it is strongly recommended that you remove all residual water from the wash tub & drain line or you will have about a gallon or so inside your washer and on the floor to clean up.
  5. Here’s a helpful way of quickly removing the residual water. If you own a wet/dry shop vac, remove the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum with the shop vac. This will empty the wash tub, pump and drain lines. If you don’t own a shop vac, grab a bunch of old towels and open the access on the pump slowly so that it comes out at a trickle. Allow the towels to soak up the majority of the water. Close the access and stop the water if you need to get additional towels.
  6. Open the pump access and remove once you have all the water drained. Check the drain pump for foreign objects and debris. Check the pump impeller and make sure there’s nothing caught in it. Items as small as toothpicks or cotton swabs have been known to stop this pump from working.
  7. Clean out the pump thoroughly and reinstall the access cover. Make sure the cover is snug, but do not over tighten.
  8. Place the drain hose back in the standpipe (IMPORTANT – DO NOT FORGET!).
  9. With the bottom panel still off, plug the washer back in and select the following on the operator console – DRAIN SPIN, NO SPIN, and then press any button under OPTIONS 4 times (it must be the same button). “C00” will show on the console display as the washer begins diagnostics mode.
  10. Check the drain pump for leaks as the washer fills. The pump is gravity filled and will hold water even it is not pumping. Allow washer to run through diagnostics until it begins the wash tub tumble cycle.
  11. At this point, you can stop the diagnostics procedure by pressing PAUSE/CANCEL 2 times. The drain pump energizes and the washer will begin to drain.
  12. If the drain pump works normal and there are no leaks detected, reinstall the bottom panel and tighten screws.

NOTE: It is normal to have residual water left inside the wash tub under the wash basket. This is why it is important to leave the door ajar when not in use so this water does not become sour.

on Jan 19, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Not a problem but more of what is it?


the pins are shipping pins, heldin by cotter pins to prevent the tub from shifting in delivery, when the unit is set up initially, the shipping cord releases all the pins ans instead of having htem hit the floor they fall into conviently located plastic cups. they have no function past that you can discard them

Nov 26, 2008 | Kenmore 22422 Top Load Washer

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Brass cotter pins an plastic catch tubes???? Kenmore washer 110.92597210


This is an easy one to solve. Those are moving pins , when in transport. When it is delivered, the delivery people simply just pull on some straps and the pins fall in the cup. You need to keep these when moving washer to put back in, so not to damage anything.

Sep 25, 2008 | Kenmore 23822 Top Load Washer

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Kenmore 110.20904990 top load washer


ignore those cups with the pins those pins were the travel lock devices and the cotters were attached to the yellow lanyard that whoever first put the unit into service pulled off of the back of the unit per instuctions. this pulled the cotters out of the pins which then fell into those cups. the cotters came out with the lanyard and are long gone. the not spinning is due to something in the clutch not working properly. the moving to one side is caused by one of the pads that the suspension plate rides on being missing. you can look at the diagram on sears website at the parts look up and see were the pads go and find out what the suspension plate is and such good luck!

Jul 27, 2008 | Kenmore 22422 Top Load Washer

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Off balance/vibration


The pin probably means nothing. Check all your springs to see if they are connected properly. Then make sure all the support glides are in place. There are three of them. They are plastic, about 1.5 inches long, and slightly curved. There should be one at the top of each of the tub support legs. They can wear out and develop flat spots, causing vibration, but this happens over time.
If it's none of these, is the basket spanner nut tight? Is the drive block in good condition?

Mar 10, 2008 | Roper RAS6233KQ Top Load Washer

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Brand new machine unbalanced (really unbalanced) during spin cycle. When unpacking there are two plastic "rip cords" that are supposed to remove a total of three cotter pins. Only one cotter pin came out...


oh yea sounds like there still in there alright!!!, tip the unit back if possible and give a look underneath, you see2 or 3( depending on model) plastic tubes approx 2in long mounted to the under carriage around the base. They are there for the sole purpose of "catching" the cotter pins after pulling the rip cord. there should be a cotter pin in each of the tubes. if you see any empty ones look directly above it and youll find the pin, you may have to manually grab the cotter pin to release it withe a set of needle nose pliers or something but the definitely need to be removed.

Mar 10, 2008 | Washing Machines

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Moving a top load washer once used


if you have a wet dry shop vac you can pull all the water out through the drain hose till its dry don't think you would have any problems with the storage now shipping across country might be another thing when you got the washer new you had to pull the shipping pins a yellow tab with three cotter pins if you still had them you would need to replace them before shipping you would need to open the case and on the frame below the tub you will see three plastic cups with little pins in them you have to push them back up through the frame and replace the cotter pins to lock the lower frame to the upper tub frame or it wont ride good at all

Feb 12, 2008 | Kenmore 20172 Top Load Washer

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UNBALANCED WASHER


Does it happen all the time, with no connection to laundry quantity? In case of a positive answer, it sound like a shock absorber issue. Could be that it's moved from its place or become malfunction and should be replaced. Good luck

Aug 07, 2007 | Roper RAS8445KQ Top Load Washer

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Knocking Whrilpool Duet


The "cleats" inside the wash tub are actually called "fins". If they are loose try tightening them to see if the sound goes away. You should be able to tighten them from inside the wash tub. Some models have mounting screws that are accessible from inside the wash tub. However, if your machine is knocking like you say it is, it could be sign that one or more of the mounting shocks under the wash tub could be bad, the rear tub bearing could be going bad, or the drive pulley could be cracked or warped. Remove the lower kick plate and watch the shocks during the spin cycle. The shocks should vibrate some, but should not be excessive to the point that it causes an unbalanced spin. To check the drive pulley, remove the 3 screws from the washer top in the rear of the machine. The top should slide back some and then lift off. Watch the drive pulley behind the wash tub during the spin to make sure the rotation is smooth and even. Sometimes one of the arms on the pulley can crack or become bent and cause the pulley to wobble. More than likely, though, the drive belt would slip off. I have also seen where the hole in the center of the drive pulley starts to "round out". The hole is not perfectly round and has to flat sides. Sometimes over time the drive shaft will start to slip around the flat sides, causing the pulley to rattle during the spin cycle. If the rear tub bearing is starting to go, the washer will be very noisy during the spin cycle, and you may start to notice some stains on your clothes if the bearing seal has been breached. You can reach inside the wash tub with the unit turned off. With one hand, push up on the wash tub and release. If you can feel the tub moving up and down (even the slightest) this could be a sign that the bearing is worn out. Now this should be a noticeable metal on metal type feel. Not the normal motion of the wash tub moving up and down from the motion of the shocks. The tub bearing is not a cheap (or easy) fix. The entire back section of the rear outer tub shell has to be replaced, because the bearing is molded into the plastic. Check all the easy things first. Let me know if this helps.

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