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Loud spin... my washer seems to agitate okay and there doesn't seem to be much play in the tub as far as front to back moment but it has become increasing loud during its spin cycles ... so loud that you can't be in the same room and carry on a conversation... is there anyway to be sure its the bearings failing and not something else... what other signs would I see if it was the bearings other than the noise level? thanks for your help..

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First thing to look for is an oil puddle on the floor directly under the machine. If you see this it's time to go shopping. It's not worth the cost of replacing the transmission. Another check is to turn the machine on it's side on a piece of carpet to protect the finish. Unplug, before you start. Once on it's side turn the large round pulley until you either feel the drum turning or the agitator moving, rubber gloves come in handy here! If during this process you feel any play or grinding in the pulley shaft she's gone. The same belt and motor run the spin and agitate cycles. The motor just reverses direction. Keep me up to date.

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