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Kenmore front loader drum grinding

Our front loader washer spins with an incredibly loud noise. It sounds as if it's spinning on ball bearings that are metal to metal. It's a low almost grinding sound. this is a new sound and so loud that you can hear it throughout the whole house. The machine also smells like mold all the time and although it's not a Neptune, it sounds like it has the same issues that machine had. Any suggestions on what the grinding sound could be and how to fix it. By the way, I recently started adding vinegar to the wash cycle to try to keep the mold smell away. It's a bit better but I wonder if the vinegar, which is an acid, has caused the problem. I did a little research on vinegar in washing machines and found many sites which suggested using it to help clean the machine. Help please....

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This can be a symptom of drum bearing wear. A quick check for wear is to see if the inner drum moves up and down relative to the fixed outer drum. It should only move a minute amount. If it moves more than a millimeter or two, it is probably worn bearings. Regarding the bad smell - Make a boil wash (with no clothes and detergents) put in the powder's drawer a cup of bicarbonate of soda. It should clean the machine and remove out the bad smell. Good luck!

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