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Drum Bearings replacement

How do I remove and change the drum bearings?

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Re: Drum Bearings replacement

This is Mogsey above, I have now renewed the bearings in my Zanussi Jetsystem 1600, Model FJD1666W. Had a man in to help. It really is a two man job and I put my back doing this with him. The bearings were much larger than previously encountered. Very! basically you have get out the residue water, release the door seal and (pipe attached) spit the m/c casing, unclip all hoses attached to drum, unclip all drum wiring ,remove belt (note position) remove motor &, lay to one side, withdraw nylon pins from shock absorbers, Look for and remove the little earthing cable set just inside the pulley rim. Carefully release drum/case supporting springs (mark positions top and bottom) and, drop drum/case onto some blocks and lift/pull/take out (really needs two people) (minding other modules). Split drum/case ring of bolts, remove front half (careful here not to damage the heater). take half containing drum outside, lay drum face down and use a drift to hit the socket headed screw securing pulley hard to shake up the taper. Remove this screw (needs good quality allen key) and use wedges to the force off the drum drive pulley. Support drum casing on blocks or put drum on its side, support the drum if on its side and use a heavy drift and hammer to knock through the drum spindle. Careful now to avoid grating hands on the sharp drum holes. With drum now removed place the casing drive end up (ensuring protuding heater is clear of the ground!) put a large bolt (head down) inside the first bearing and rest it on the edge of the inner bearing. Carefully working round the inner bearing edge use a hammer and the bolt head as a drift to knock out the inner (the larger of the two bearings and inturn the drum seal) (note seal postion). Turn over the casing and knock out the outer bearing from inside the drum casing. Clean all and check condition of spider/spindle & renew if damaged. Fit the new outer bearing then the new inner followed by the seal. Dig out the old and renew the (green) O ring seal between the drum casing halves. Replace all, but give a quick test run before replacing casing to ensure belt is positioned correctly. The job would have cost £115 which I think is well worth paying someone to do.

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Re: Drum Bearings replacement - Zanussi FJD1666W Front Load Washer Washing Machines

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Re: Drum Bearings replacement

Ive just replaced the bearings on my candy 6kg go 126-80 took just over 1.5 hours to remove and refit and that was a one man job i just removed the concreat weights and marked them up and in fact the machine is better balanced now then when i bought new .

BEARING KIT P/No 06015542 £15.55 PLUS £3.59 P+P


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Bearing replacement

One of the biggest jobs to do on a washing machine. Remove the drum from the machine, remove the washer drum, knock out bearings, replace drum spider (shaft) fit the new bearings, and drum seal, put everything back together again. Job for a experienced engineer.

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How do you replace the bearings in the drum?

It involves a complete strip down of washer,literally down to the last nut and bolt.
Some models have one piece tub assy, so it is not possible to change the bearings.
Remove the top cover, and see if the drum is a one piece assy, if it is not, you should be able to see the screws securing the 2 drum halves together, if you cannot see any screws, then the whole outer tub assy has to be replaced, an expensive repair!!!!
tTo change the bearings, the whole tub assy has to be removed from the cabinet, and then the drum has to be split to gain access to the bearings.
Until you get to this stage , you will then be able to determine if the drum shaft is worn, if it is then this will have to be replaced.
All in all a long expensive repair to undertake.
Take my advice, and if the washer is more than 5 years old, then buy a new one.
Good luck.

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The bearings on my Whirlpool Cabrio WTW6400SW3 make a racket on the spin cycle. The Whirlpool parts diagrams show that to replace the bearings, the entire drum is replaced. I can see one of the bearings...

Yes you can just replace the bearings but be careful. they say to replace the entire drum as the materials they are made out of is not very strong and you can distort or damage the drum when removing the bearings.

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Is there a reason for the bearings in a front loading machine to keep needing to be replaced

It could be that the new bearings are being fitted onto a worn drum shaft, this would soon cause the bearings to fail again.
If it has not been replaced, then it should be done so.

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Hotpoint WMA54 - in middle of attempting to replace the drum bearings. I've split the drum apart and am attempting to remove the existing bearings and spider; however, I'm unable to separate/unscrew the...

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This first video shows you how to diagnose the problem

The next Hotpoint video is on how to take the drum out

This Hotpoint video will show you how to change the bearings in the drum tub

the last one will show you how to change the spider or drum support as they are known

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Easiest way to change drum bearings

I have changed the drum bearings on our Creda Excel 1200 V120VW. Not a simple job by any means.
The machine had to be just about totally stripped to get at the drum.
Before starting beware of sharp edges on just about any part of the machine
Remove all panels, top, rear, front facia, front panel including door, motor, powder draw
The secret is to remember to take photos or make drawings of the position of all the electrical wiring, hoses, covers and any other components you may be removing for access. Keep all you components together, it saves hunting for them later or worse still not refitting them.
Once the drum is out of the washer the drive pulley has to be removed. It is secured by means of a 30mm af nut which has also been fastened with thread locking fluid. Fortunately I have an electric ratchet gun, otherwise it would have required heat on the nut to defeat the locking fluid. The pulley is also threaded and was unscrewed with the aid of an application of WD40.
The front of the outer drum is unclipped and removed, the inner drum can then be removed by replacing the nut flush with the end of the thread, to prevent damage, and tappinng the drum out with a soft faced mallet.
This done you then have to remove the old bearings and seal. This is done be means of a drift and hammer, taking care not to bruise the area where the new bearings will be fitted.
The old seal may have to be destroyed by a sharp screwdiver or a proper seal removal tool.
When the bearings are out clean all areas with fine emery, lightly grease the bearing recesses and fit the new bearings and seal. Take care when refitting the stainless drum back into the outer drum not to turn the lip on the seal.
Now it's just a simple matter of re-assembly, make sure all parts remove are re-fitted in the correct sequence.
Another tip is not to put machine and all panels, ie; top cover and rear panels, back in place until the washer has been run and tested and inspected, to make sure there are no leaks and the machine goes through the cycles as it should.
Finally good luck!!!!

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Hi, I also have the bearing problem on a hotpoint wma and have just stated the repair job. I have found the following on different forums, so maybe it might help others. You do need to remove the drum and there are two different sizes of bearings 30mm and 35mm. To find the size you need you have to get to the bearings and measure them.
. Ok,Hotpoint wma series drum bearing failure.Firstly very common problem since i work on these things every day-i think there is a design fault-nothing new in this trade!What follows is

the sequence of problems in changing the drum bearings:If the machine has been thrashed into oblivion just changing the oilseal/bearings will have you back to square one within a

couple of months since you would`ve damaged the drum shaft as the bigger bearing of the 2 goes into shapnell mode!So you`d best change the drum shaft(in the trade known as the

spider) however this thing is aluminium usually held onto the the drum via torx headed screws either in steel or soft Al2 also-forget it as your not going to get these out unless your mega

lucky,what we do at work is to replace the whole tank/drum/bearing assembly which comes with a new element and belt ie the whole tank unit,the trade price of this part is less than

£100.00-you can draw your own conclusions as to the retail price as you wish.If you haven`t thrashed the machine you can get away with replacing just the bearings or easier still the rear

half of the tank(trade price 30.00+vat) in which the bearings are already fitted via the factory and reuse the existing spider/drum shaft so long as it isn`t damaged by disintergrated bearing

shapnell.I hope this clears up this problem for you.Please note that this machine`s filter which is at the rear doubles up as the air trap-the oval section 8" long semi transpatent plastic tube

thing-the part that allows the water to compress the air so turning off the level of fill at the right level via the round swt behind the soap dispenser-called the pressure swt-if the filter gets

bunged up the machine o/fills and either overfills or overfills and floods or tries to spin with aload of water still inside the drum or perhaps no spin at all.Hope this helps someone.


The drum comes out through the front on this one. Take off kick plate and remove screws holding front panel to frame. Take out soap drawer & remove screws behind it. Take off band

holding door seal & peel seal back. Remove 2 screws holding door lock &push lock through. Pull control panel forward at left side & slide to right to remove being careful with board &
wiring. Remove screws holding top end of front then lift slightly &remove front. Remove back panel & take wiring off heating element & pump. Disconnect the pump hose at the drum end,

disconnect the hose from the soap dispenser, note that wiring is fastened to the drum at several points and will need to be disconnected. Remove panel from behind control board then

carefully move everything away from the front of the machine, the drum can now be lifted clear.

Forgot to mention unplugging motor but common sense will prevail.

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i would not advise replacing plastic drum bearings as they are a pain, removal of the rear of a plastic drum easy but not putting it back !

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