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How do I replace the very noisy bearing on a Whirlpool Duet front loading Washer

Machine is less than two years old. Sounds like jet taking off on spin cycle. Unit was purchased Feb-Apr 2013 Has done so since 2-3 months after purchase. Thought this was normal for these. Now almost unbearable!

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Unfortunately, you can't just replace the bearing because the bearing is located in the rear half of the outer tub. This is an extensive project but if you still feel like tackling it, then goto and type in, "How to change tub bearing on a whirlpool duet load washer. You can get a visual description for a DIYer. I hope this helps you out. Good luck to you.

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I don't know your mechanical skills but there is
21 steps to disassemble
12 steps to replace the bearing
17 steps to reassemble the unit
Here is a list of tools required
Things You Will Need

  • Channel pliers
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • 7 mm nut driver attachment
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Towel
  • Full set of standard U.S. sized socket wrenches
  • Cell phone camera
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Torx-head screwdriver
  • Large screwdriver
  • Felt-tip pen
  • Short plank
  • Plastic 5-gallon bucket
  • Thin pry bar
  • Snap-ring pliers
  • Hammer
  • Small flat-head screwdriver
  • Several clean shop rags
  • Biodegradable solvent
  • Bearing grease
  • Outer bearing, part number 6205
  • Inner bearing, part number 6206
  • New tub bearing seal
  • Short piece of 2-by-4 lumber
  • Rubber mallet
  • Thread-locking compound
  • New serpentine drive belt
  • Assistant
    Are you up to this project?? If you think you are let me know and I will post project step by step
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    • tomajenkins Nov 26, 2014

      Were I not disabled, I'd tackle it myself. It probably would be above my lifting limits of 15 to 20 pounds. Oh well ....


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    Only fix is to replace inner and outer tubs and for the cost of that you could buy new machine.

    Posted on Nov 26, 2014

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