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  • artificer195 Aug 31, 2010

    My machine is a Hotpoint WT540 - I'm pretty sure that the drum is a closed unit and you have to replace the whole thing as the bearings are inaccessible ? is this correct?
    Thank you

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You did not mention the make or model of the washing machine. Most likely if it is very noisy when in the spin cycle, it usually is the bearings that need to be replaced. It may not be cost effective to replace if you have a front loading machine, since some machines need the entire machine to be taken apart and the rear drum replaced. Get some estimates before considering having the work done on your machine.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

  • Stephen Lam Aug 31, 2010

    The outer drum is a welded unit and can not be taken apart. You need to buy an entire replacement tub assembly. You have a couple of options, if your washer is less than 5 years old, it should be covered under the parts warranty. The parts are covered but, you will have to pay to have the tub installed.



    If it is older than 5 years and you have the ability to take you washer apart and replace the tub assembly, the cost is L119.99 at espares.com. My advice to you is to call the company and see what they can do for you first, then decide on your options. Sorry.

  • artificer195 Aug 31, 2010

    Thank you very much for confirming my assumption.
    I will follow your advice.
    Thanks again
    kind regards
    Brian

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