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Drum Bearings. I need to know how to replace the drum bearings on my WJS1397 washer/drier. As far as i can make out, this is a difficult job best left to proffessionals. However, money is not abundant at the moment (we will struggle to find the money for the part on its own!!!) and this isnt the first time ive ferteled with this washer, so i must do this job myself. Any help is appreciated.

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I recommend first of all ordering a repair manual. Or at least see if the parts come with detailed instructions on how to take out the old and install the new. You will probably have to replace the entire outer drum assembly. It's much more expensive in parts to do it that way than to just replace the bearings and seals, but much much easier and faster. Personally, I've replaced the entire drum assembly and also tried to replace just the bearings and seals. In the end I wasted the money on the bearings and seals and got an new assembly. I'd recommend just going for the new assembly and saving time.

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