Try "waggling" the stainless drum up and down with your hand, if there's any appreciable movement more than the outer drum, then the bearings have gone. They can also be very noisy without up and down movement, rotate the drum by hand and if the movement feels rough then again they're shot!
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If a washing machine is rumbling, and very noisy on spin, the main
suspect is the drum bearings. Drum bearing failure is common on many
washing machines due to water getting into them if the drum bearing
seal fails. (Hotpoint and Zanussi in particular in my experience) To
check for drum bearing failure you can take the belt off and spin the
drum by hand. If the drum rumbles when spun then the bearings may have
gone. There should be a constant rumble all the time the drum is
drum bearing failure symptom is excessive up and down play in the drum
which can be checked for by lifting the drum up and down from the drum
lip behind the door seal. A further symptom of drum bearing failure can
be a brown rust patch underneath the washing machine and down the back
of the outer drum, underneath the drum pulley (where the belt goes)
although this patch is not always present. There are usually two small
holes at the back of the drum bearings where water that has got past
the drum bearing seal trickles out, and it's usually stained with
grease and rust if water has got into the bearings.
noises when turning the drum by hand can also be caused if the drum
itself splits, or the spider at the back of the drum has come away from
the drum, is corroded or even broken. This would normally be a loud
noise on each revolution of the drum whereas the noise when drum
bearings have gone is constant all the time the drum is turning.
Lifting the drum checking for excessive play can often reveal a broken
or loose drum spider which sometimes only occurs at certain points
round the drum (the spider has three arms and is bolted to the drum at
sounds like the motor bearing has gone and the pastic your finding is the bearing housing the loud noise is the drum banging on the side of the machine, you will need new bearing or bushes it will still work just be noisey and will get even louder eventually.
It could be that the bearings that have gone. This is not an easy fix but you can try by searching this site (fixya) for solutions regarding change of bearings for your brand of machines. Not impossible. The next problem which is possible is that the spider arm is broken. This arm is inside the drum and cannot be seen unless you open up the drum, most likely it is the arm. For the bearings it could be a grinding noise, but the tub will turn if turned by hand. I am giving you suggestions, not solutions. While searching this site type out your make and model number of the machine. While dismantling note which part goes where for re-fitting.
If it bangs it doesn't necessarily mean it is the bearing that is gone. It could just be a imbalance on the load inside. To check if bearings are gone open the door and at the rear of the door seal nearest the inner drum use your fingers to hold down the outer drum, will be at rear edge of seal, now use your other hand at the top pressing the inner drum edge and now press down on outer drum and up on inner drum. If bearings are gone her will be a lot of movement between the two. If no real evident movement then you can feel pretty sure it's not the bearings. Check suspension for signs of wear and check for loose weight block, also check for loose components inside the shell that may be hitting the outer drum. Could also be that the machine is unbalanced if the feet adjusters are not properly adjusted to level the machine correctly.
sounds like your bearings are excessively worn, open the machine door and hold the drum (stainless steel bit) try to lift this up if it moves freely without the tub moving (outer bit usually plastic or steel without holes) your bearings are gone. or the drum has broken off the wields that hold it to the shaft. its sometimes cheaper to buy a new machine than repair the bearings and if the drum is loose it will eventually break something inside.
Try lifting the inner drum to check if there is any movement between the inner and outer drums, also turn the drum and listen for any grinding or scraping sound from the rear of the drum. Its possible that your bearings have gone out & need to be replaced. The job is far from easy.
I had trhe same problem and was going deaf!!! I know this is probably too late for your machine but it may be usefull to someone else with this model.
Originally thought the bearings had gone but had great trouble trying to source some through UK websites so decided to strip the machine. Did this by touch (no manual!) and eventually found that the bolts holding the bottom weight to the drum had all come loose (all 3!). Trying to access them to tighten was the biggest problem as the front of the machine is welded on.
Managed the above by removing the rubber door seal from the door only and tightening two of the bolts from inside the door. The third I managed to access from beneath the machine. All were tightened using 10mm socket on a bar with extension (curtain pole!) slid over the end.
During this process I had the machine on its side, removed the securing brackets, top weight + springs and wedged the drum from beneath and the side as much towards the rear of the machine as possible to aid access.