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Re: is my drum loose?
General reasons for a knock are that the belt is chunking out or one of the support rollers has cracked. If you can get inside, it will be obvious. I'm assuming you did check to see if there is anything that parked itself in one of the drum fins.
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knock on the the bumper gently with your hand , keep going around the car until you find the source of the noise, a missing bolt might not be simple to observe but if you knock on the body of the car you will find out where the missing bolt is and the source of the ratling
If not an unbalanced load, then it is an unbalanced drum. Turn the drum by hand when it is empty and it should spin smoothly (not freely because it is attached to the motor so there will be resistance). Can you hear a knocking or grinding? Push and pull the drum in and out, again any knocking? With your hands at 3 and 9 o'clock push with one hand while pulling with the other and rock the drum back and forth. Try it with hands at 12 and 6. Does it feel loose or makes a knocking?
Grinding is usually a sign if the bearings going or gone and knocking may indicate a broken drum holder (sometimes called a spider)
If everything sounds and feels okay then it may just be the machine is not level or secure. Rock the machine and if it wobbles check the feet and adjust until no more rocking. The feet do bend or adjust themselves over time, even making some kind of impression on the floor that makes it settle to a different level.
is this front loader? if so, reach into the drum and try to move it up and down - there should be no play. sometimes the arm holding the drum will corrode and break causing the drum to come loose. it's usually not worth fixing if that happens.
Your bearings have broken up in the drum. This is a very difficult DIY fix since it involves stripping the front from the machine, taking out the drup assembly, splitting it, knocking the centre spindle free and then knocking out the machine pressed bearings and replacing them.
It CAN be done by an ameture. I do it occasionally when I am repairing machines and I constantly moan about the fact that I really need to build or buy a tool to knock the bearing out. Despite the fact that the new bearings will cost about £20 ($30) ish, this is a nightmare job. Your local repair man will probably come and fit a refurbished drum for you (Then take yours away and refurbish that for his stock when he has time).
If you have never done anything like this, my best advice is that this is NOT the time to start!
Get a quote, then decide if you want the machine repaired, or to go buy a new one I'm afraid
Does the drum just constantly turn and never stops or does it just take a really long time to stop? If it just takes a long time to stop it sounds like a loose belt. If it just turns and turns and turns something in the control panel isn't telling the motor shut off but with the clunking sound you're hearing I'd guess its the belt.