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This is a reasonably complicated procedure but with some general knowledge it can be done.
Start by removing the lid, in an open position pull upward and the lid will lift off, Then remove the 2 rubber bungs that work as the lid stops at the front sides of the washing machine, Under these you will find 2 screws, remove these screws.
You can the lift the top of the machine upward, you want to have someone hold this in an upright position or tie it up so it doesn't fall forward or backward.
The neck ring around the top of the washing machine tub is next to come off, remove the balance spring (or rubber straps depending on specification of your model), the neck ring clips on so unclip from the drum and remove.
To remove the agitator you may be able to grab the plastic top nut by hand but sometimes this takes a bit of force and tools may be required. Once undone remove the agitator.
Next step is to lift out the inner drum, This sits on the inner shaft and can be a bit tricky to remove as it can get stuck but it will come out.
Lower the top of the machine back into place.

Next you will need a soft non marking surface, You need to lie the washing machine on it's front, preferably on a raised work area (table) if possible, if no then you can stand the machine upside down for this step, just be sure to get the water out of the drum before this step to eliminate the risk of getting water in the electronics.

You need to remove the rotor next, it's the plastic rotating component of the 3 phase motor, there is a plastic nut in the middle, remove this with a 6 sided socket to avoid damage, After removing the rotor cover you will see the stator, it is attached with 4 3/8" bolts, remove these and carefully lift the motor up, while you are doing this disconnect the wires to the motor, you will see R B and Y on the motor to show which way these go when re-assembling.

The inner shaft is held in the machine by a 32mm nut, a crescent works well here, but you need to carefully grip the shaft to stop it rotating while you loosen the nut.

One the nut is off it may take a couple of careful hits with a hammer to remove the shaft from the machine.

Using a drift, chisel or similar item you can carefully drive the old bearings and seal out of the drum, be sure to change side to side when removing the bearings to make sure you don't damage the bearing locating areas.

There is a spacer between the bearings that is required so don't forget this.

Re-assembly is basically the reverse of the above, when fitting new bearings it is not always required to replace the motor shaft but you must check the area where the lip seal sits and if there is excessive wear then replacement is required, Fitting of the new bearings can be made easier if you find a socket and extension that is a tiny bit smaller than the outer bearing diameter and you can use this to make sure the bearings are fully seated, always fit the bearings (with the spacer) and the shaft before fitting the seal to avoid damaging the seal.

I hope you make sense of what i have written here and hope it helps.

Posted on May 15, 2017


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