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Machine still works but makes a very loud noise when working. when finished the clothes are covered in black/brownish marks and there is pieces of the rubber seal from around the inside of the machine all through the clothes.

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  • leonieeh Feb 01, 2010

    This is a "mezzo" Fully Automatic Drum Washing Machine. Front Loader.
    Model WM - 3011
    The noise seems to be whenever the drum is moving, from start when filling with water (no noise when drum stops during filling) during washing and spinning
    Thanks


  • leonieeh Feb 01, 2010

    Exactly as described. I followed the comments and found the problem straight away. It was so easy and the description of what i should expect was exact. Thank you very much and I will be recommending your site to others.

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What brand and model number is your machine, and when in your wash cycle is the loud noise. Agitation cycle, spin cycle, only part of the spin cycle? Let me know, Thanks, Appliance Specialists

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  • Norm Dickerson Feb 01, 2010

    Sounds like your main bearing. Remove your backing panel (the access plate behind your washer), unplug your washer and spin the pulley for the tub by hand. Do be careful, some of the pulleys, and some of the sheet metal are very sharp and can cut you. See if the noise is coming from the main bearing which is right behind the pulley. Also look for oil, bearing dust, water trails from this same bearing. If you cannot hear a noise, plug the washer back in and run it while you listen for the noise from that back bearing. If the bearing is bad, it is not worth the repair. The cost is close to, or more than the cost of a new washer. The only other thing that can make noise during the agitate and spin cycle is the drive motor, but this does not explain the black/brownish marks in your clothes. A main bearing failure will cause this, and the rubber seal pieces can come from the bearing seal, or from the tub rubbing against the front seal. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists

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