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Kenmore Elite Heavy Duty Washer

At two years old my Kenmore washer spin cycle went haywire. I tried balancing it many times, but nothing helped. It made a horrible noise when spinning. Now the washer is three years old and the wash cycle has gone haywire. It makes a sound like ball bearings wearing against each other. I have been a life-long buyer of Kenmore appliances, but I will not buy another since they are all made in China and they have no quality controlled products. What washer would you recommend I buy if I want some quality?

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I was told by 3 technicians that this is a common problem with these Kenmore front loaders and it is the bearings. The are shot and this is a huge problem with these machines. There is nothing to do but replace the whole internal assembly for about $800. All 3 technicians told me to bring the machine to the gutter and go buy a new one.

With Sears not willing to help me out with this I just might go buy another Kenmore product.

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Comment by soonergal, posted on Feb 10, 2008 Just found this great site. Our Kenmore Elite has recently begun to shake violently during spin cycles. It also makes a horrific noise that sounds like it is coming from the drum. could it just be out of balance?
This is how my problem started out. I did everything the book said to do about balancing and nothing worked. It was caused by the loose bracket around the motor. Check those bracket screws and see if they are in tight. If not, then make sure everything else is tight while you are in there. If you don't see any obvious problem then you may have to call a repairman.

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So is there a solution to the spin cycle solution?

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Whirlpool is still made in USA, I think. Avoid electronic timers and geegaws you don't need.

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