Question about Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer
The washer would not move or spin, so I pulled the back cover off and found the belt had come off the pulley on the tub. But the pulley on the tub is extremely loose and wobbly and looks like it has cut into the tub. Is the cut in the tub a problem and is the pulley supposed to be that loose?
I had the same problem and being a procrastinator, I waited until the belt came off before launching a full scale investigation into the knocking noise it had been making for about a year. Here is what I found and below that is my no guarantees fix.....
I removed the nut and pulled the tub pulley off. I noticed the tub shaft has a "shoulder bolt" and the pulley could not be tightened onto the shoulder bolt with enough squeeze to keep the tub pulley from wobbling. Tolerance issue... maybe? I decided to measure the keyed tub shaft with calipers and found the thickest part of the shaft to be 1" ish. The Shaft is part of the tub bearing assembly (from my observation) and the tub shaft is part of the tub bearing which measured 1 1/4" diameter. I found a washer that was 1" inside diameter and 1 1/4" outside diameter and placed it over the tub shaft behind the tub pulley. I tightened the nut snugly and reinstalled the belt. Ahhhhh, quiet operation and no more wobble. I will let you know if it causes another problem but from what I can tell.... replacing the tub pulley with another of the same dimensions will not work.
you don't need a very thick washer(my washer is too thick (.1"ish) so I will replace it soon(yeah right) with 1/32" or maybe 1/16"...I used rubber but I think steel or brass or what ever would probably work too.
Purists will tell you that the lock nut should be replaced, or if you don't use the permanent thread locker you could use loctite.
Hope that helps.
Posted on Oct 02, 2008
Had same problem, and couldn't wait for ordered parts to come, so adapted the short-term solution from "wish I knew"... Used a #18 O-ring in place of the 1" x 1.25" washer. The O-rings came in pack of 10 from Lowe's for $2. Ideally, would have gotten next size up, because #18 O-rings are 15/16" ID x 1-3/16" OD, and went slightly egg-shaped... but this is a very short-term solution to get us washed and ready for Christmas travel. Seems to be working fine as a stop gap until we can get the new pulley in.
Posted on Dec 19, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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