Question about Hoover AL130 Front Load Washer
I have just purchased a drum bearing "kit" (2 bearings and a seal) for my washer. With the belt removed, when I spin the drum it makes a "grumbling" sound, so I am pretty sure its the bearings. The outer drum is polypropylene
I understand I have to remove the entire drum through the top of the appliance, but before I start a couple of questions. Can someone give me a quick sequence of actions?
Can I do this job without a bearing puller/ any special tools? (I have the usual set)
With a plastic tub (outer drum as you describe it) removal of the old bearings can deform or bruise out the plastic housing a little - you will need to check that the new bearings will be really good fit. You may need to use a retaining compound if not, to ensure that the outer journals of the bearings don't creeping round in the plastic housing and wear it looser.
I did my Hoover Electron 800 bearings (metal tub). As i recall it was fairly straightforward - needed a gasket for the tub backplate on that.
Unbolted tub backplate from tub and withdrew it through rear of chassis along with drum/drum-shaft/bearings assembly, removed pulley, tapped shaft through bearings with softfaced mallet (or hammer & wood), drifted bearings out gently, working evenly around circumference.
For plastic tub some kind of suitable extractor may reduce chances of deforming bearing housing during bearing removal, compared to drifting them out. If it'd serve to ease the new ones in too then that'd be even better.
Don't forget to check/clean the water level pressure sensor path while you're at it - stave off any problems in that area for a while while you have the machine apart. ;o)
Posted on Jan 04, 2008
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