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Hi Is it worth changing the bearings for an old A3950 washer, it's got very noisy- is there anywhere I can find the procedure?

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In my opinion, it's probably not worth replacing the bearings... envision the time to find parts and do the work only to find out that something else on the older machine was getting ready to break too. If it were me, I'd consider going after a newer machine. The prices aren't that bad, and they'll haul away the old machine and recycle it. AND... it's under warantee.

Good luck.

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