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Top loading washer sounds real bad

My washer sounds like someone has thrown many metal ball bearings into the tub while it's agitating. It is so loud mmy neighbor can hear it. However, it still washes very good.

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Re: top loading washer sounds real bad

Before I can assist you I will need the model and serial number so I know what machine is being worked on.

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If I use it everyday it's fine. If it sits a week, it makes a loud squeal during the first one or two agitation cycles. What is likely cause?

Hello. I need the model number to help you accurately. If this is a top loading unit, the problem sounds like the transmission or if it's a certain model I'm thinking of, there is an electric mode shifter that causes this symptom. What happens is this: On some top load models, there is a rubber seal located in the center of the tub, underneath the washer. If this seal should leak, water, with detergent, dribbles straight down into the electric shifter or the transmission, dissolving the high temp, long-lasting grease there. From that point, the clock is ticking until it has metal on metal operation from the bearings. Similar symptoms occur with front-loaders--the rear tub seal leaks, water/detergent gets into the bearings and causes the infamous "jet aircraft taking off or freight train in the laundry room roaring sound". In either case, it will be a MAJOR repair, requiring total disassembly/re-assembly of the washer.

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I have a load squeaky sound on my FAV6800AWW washer. THe machine spin but when is starts agitating, the sqeaky sound can be heard.

This could be the start of Outer Tub Bearing issue.

Raise the lid of your washer and rotate the wash basket CCW as fast as you can. Does is spin down slowly to a gentle stop after several revolutions with no bearing noise?

The Service Manual for reference. Sears Parts Direct for reference.

I would by removing the Clutch Pulley and check for One-Way Roller clutches bearing wash water contamination. That will give you a feel for the integrity of the Tub Seal. See my Clutch Fix post for support.

If this is Outer Tub Bearing noise you will have to replace them along with the Tub Seal and Tranny O-ring. The Series 16 machine (I have that one also doesn’t use the upper Clutch bearing ring. That upper One-Way Roller clutches bearing is integrated into one of the Outer Tub bearings.

See this post. This guy bothered me for his statement that I left him hanging. I’m a DIY’er not a appliance tech and most AT’s won’t touch this with a 10 foot poll due to lack of knowledge. I did replace the Outer Tub bearings on a ebay win Series 10 machine. See this post for the details of that.

Don’t get too excited by any of this. 1st determine if the squeaky noise is Outer Tub bearing noise I haven’t had them fail yet but I would suspect you will hear metal against metal grinding of the ball bearings in the bearing race. There will be down time for the tear down and work. You need to determine if this is worth it for your situation. No more than a $85 to replace Outer Tub bearings tub seal tranny o-ring and buy Maytag Spinner Nut removal tool for reassembly and you extend the service life of your $1K machine.
If you want to DIY further let me know……Rich

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