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I noticed one of your posted answers and hope you can assist with this one. Our whirlpool washer functions, but during spins it has a rubbing noise that just started yesterday. Water pumps out, agitates normaly, spins at regular speed, but it has this new noise and I dont want to wait for it to break completely. (the pump has recently started cavitating.) Any suggestions?

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  • tbigits Jul 21, 2009

    Top loading Whirlpool Model number LSR8010PQ0

  • tbigits Jul 21, 2009

    tried to turn the drum by hand, but it is very resistant. Rubbign sound is similar to a wire brush on metal, which makes me think berring. Seams that when teh spin cycle first starts turning it is relatively quite but quickly gets intense. Would this help to narrow it down? If it is a bearing would you have a set of instructions for replacement?



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Is this top loading or front loading?
Brand & model # are also helpful.


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    blueextc3221 Jul 21, 2009

    If there is no clunking or banging going on - your shaft bearing has failed, the brake spring is broken, or the transmission gearing is shot. The pump could be on its last legs too - if you know it is cavitating.

    Cavitation occurs with the introduction of air into the system. Check your hoses for cracking - and your inlet strainers (where the hoses hook the the machine) for buildup and debris. It may be causing a flow problem.

    This is a direct drive model, so no belts or pulleys to be concerned with making the noise.

    CLICK HERE for all the expanded diagrams of your washer.

    THIS ONE in particular shows the transmission and brake assembly.

    I would suggest getting an in-person diagnosis instead of throwing money blindly at the machine.

    If you require more help - just let me know.



  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 Jul 21, 2009

    try turning the drum by hand. can you hear any crunching noises - or the noise you hear when the washer is spinning??

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 Jul 21, 2009

    Checking for rubbing noises:

    Step 1
    Check for drum bearing failure if your washing machine is noisy on the spin cycle. Drum bearing failure is common when the bearing seals start allowing water to enter. You can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand, and if the drum rumbles, replace the bearings.

  • Step 2
    Turn the drum by hand and listen for loud noises. If the drum itself is split or the 'spider' is corroded, broken or has come apart from the back of the drum it will create a loud noise on every turn of the drum. (When the bearings have gone bad, the noise is constant the entire time the drum is spinning.)

  • Step 3
    Look for obvious dents and creases in the drum or look for coins or small objects stuck inside the tub underneath the drum when a horrendous noise is made while clothes are in the tub.

  • Step 4
    Clear the water pump from obstructions like coins or small objects when a noise occurs while the washing machine is emptying water.

  • Step 5
    Remove the sump hose and look for bra wires if you hear a light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand. You can also check to make sure a wire isn't poking out of one of the holes in the drum. In this case, you can pull the wire out easily with pliers.

  • Step 6
    De-couple and run the motor alone if you hear a high pitched squealing noise to check for motor bearing damage or wear. If you still hear the noise without the pump, it's the motor bearing.
  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 Jul 21, 2009

    It will not come with instructions - as the same part fits many washers.

    My suggestion is to disassemble the washer - and make sure the grinding you are hearing is indeed coming from the bearing.

    Take the washer out somewhere with alot of room, and tip it on its back.

    Have someone turn the drum as you listen at the bottom by the pump and motor to try to locate the source.

    It could be as easy as a bobby pin stuck in the pump impeller.

    Listen and feel the transfer case (transmission) and it may be evident the noise is coming from there instead.

    Give it a try - and if you locate the source - I can help you with disassembly & replacement of the bad part..


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