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Washing machine vibrates on spin i put the sbalizer bars there are 4 of them one was off a little so i filed it to fit and then i put my own rubber bracess on and they broke everytime it spun so i tried it again and it broke again these are very strong i thought, well the ones i have called about for this washer are about $40.00 for 4 and they must be stronger, so do you think it is the rubber bracess that is at fault, or the stablezier bars? please help dont hae money for a repair person

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  • Kirk Augustin
    Kirk Augustin Sep 05, 2010

    I don't know exactly what the parts on your washer look like, but I have worked on ones where the basin hangs on 4 pendulums. But I can't figure out what you mean by "rubber braces"? I have never seen anything like that. There have been hard nylon balls they hang from, or rubber bungee cords to act like dampers, but you really need to take a picture and put it up. I am not going to be able to find a part diagram for this washer.

  • silvia livick Sep 05, 2010

    it would be the rubber bungee cords as u put it. cuz when it spins the ones we put on our selves break as the spin cylcle hits so they must not be strong enough and the store we called said they have them for $40.00 for 4 that isnt outragous but thought we could use our own but they keep breaking during spin, and then bang it hangs off balance again. so yes its the rubber bungee that you say. should we just get the new ones?

  • silvia livick Sep 05, 2010

    also i am sorry i cant take a picture but that rubber bungee thing you are talking about is what we are talking about. i dont have that kind of camera sorry

  • silvia livick Sep 08, 2010

    we got the agitator off finally and it looks good so he put it back on (husband) anyway i am wondering if the bungee that he is using or making up himself have too much slack on them so when it spins on the spin dry cycle and one breaks loose that throws the whole tub off balance. so we shut it off, i just dont think what he is using is strong enough so we are going to shop around to see if there are any that are cheaper then $40.00 for 4 maybe you could or if you have any place's that you may know of in portland oregon that maybe inexpensive? let me know? also they are called bungee's right? that is what you call them. also the stablezier bars hang freely as they used too and the one that was a little shorter then all the rest he fixed makes me wonder if they arent even he got mad at me for saying that but even a little sliver off can make it all go array. right? so it may be that the bungee's are just to slacky that is what i think cuz why would one break and the others not? i would think they all need to be the same thickness and maybe not as long as he seems to have them, they look long to me they may need to be shortened up a bit and maybe a lot thicker. let me know what you think. its only during the spin cylcle the hard last spin, and then all heck breaks loose. and it is alway one of the bungee's . thanks for all your help silvia

  • silvia livick Sep 11, 2010

    Guru can you please read some of the comment I have written you, i am not sure your getting them, yes it hangs on 4 pendulums and not rubber brace's but rubber bungee cords to act like dampers. please read the other 4 I have written to you and tell me what you think, thank you, hope your not too busy for me, I know your busy but please help before i crack LOL. thanks again. your great.

  • silvia livick Sep 22, 2010

    that is what it is called dampers not bungee cords, they call them rubber dampers
    so he went out and bought reall bungee cords the kind with hooks on them, and then cut off the hooks and made them all four the same size, then took a wire and tightned it really tight,then put the screw back on all four of them and it seemed to be working for a little while but it still does a little vibrating, nothing wrong with the stationary of the washer it has been on the same spot for years and years, and yes they have 4 little steel bars they just hang on like you said and those are fine too, but since he has been trying the bungee stuff, and opening the machince all the time. it seems now the timer switch is off, cuz it will turn off during a spin when it shouldnt and i have to go and push the knob back in and then turn it out a tad bit, and start where it left off, it does this now about 4 times till the load is done,

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While $40 does not seem too bad, these days everyone needs to save money. So why not try something stronger, like a real bungee. Try to duplicate the originals in length, but since the originals broke, just make them a little stronger. Bungees essentially are lots of little rubber strands tied together, and coated to prevent friction cuts.
I would also look into if there is some other source of exceptional vibration. For example, it is essential the washer be on flat, hard, ground, with all the feet leveled. And the load should be reasonably balanced. Try rocking the center spindle and the whole outer shell when the machine is off, to see if there is some other source of movement. Maybe one of the pendulum mounts is broken or something?
If nothing else, there are solid rubber tie down straps used by truckers, that are cheap and very strong. You might be able to find a way to use them instead. I find them on the side of the road so often, that experimenting with them would not have to cost anything at all.

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  • silvia livick Sep 07, 2010

    kirkx thank you so much for your help, we tried some more bungee, and still broke, so we think it is what you think the spindle so he will ck that, it is usually during the spin cylcle when it really goes to town, it sounds like the whole thing is falling apart so we run and shut it off, by then the bungees have broken again. it is on a flat hard ground it always has, so that isnt a problem there. when you say pendulum mounts do you mean the 4 steel brackets that hold the tub? cuz that is one thing he did fix, but then we thought it was the bungee as you thought too. maybe they arent tight enough? do they have to be super tight??? i always tell my husband that maybe there just not as tight as the originals. but he is going to ck the spindal as you say and we will get back to ya. 4 yrs ago i bought a dryer i had the cash then to buy the washer that went with that dryer yet i thought that this washer was so good still why bother. well now we are laid off and broke, makes me think in hinesight how stupid i was. oh well cant dwell on the past, if worst comes to worst i could maybe get lucky and find one in the nickle adds for $50.00 that someone needs to get rid of because they are moving to an aprtment. but we are still working on this i will let ya know, and i want to thank you for your help because your great!!!!!!!!!

  • silvia livick Sep 07, 2010

    hi it silvia agian you said to take off the spindal? so we thought we would try that it seems kinda loose, so we took of the fabric softner thing, and how do you get the spindal off? there is no nails no screws so how do we get it off without taking out the whole tub,??? thanks be waiting for answer

  • silvia livick Sep 07, 2010

    hi kirkx i know your probably at work or busy but i am waiting still for how to remove that agitator? there is no way it seems. we pry and move it up and down, ect... but no deal, is there a bolt holding it? it shows on the paper that came with the washer that it is to just be lifted off but we cant lift it off at all thanks i will be ckecking every hr thanks again for your help

  • Kirk Augustin
    Kirk Augustin Sep 07, 2010

    Sorry I took so long to get back to you, but I wanted to read up on some of the different types first. I am not really sure if there is a need to take the agitator off or not. I am just wondering why the original stabilizer rubber braces broke in the first place. I was suggesting there may be something else wrong that was causing excess vibration. It is hard to tell without being able to see it, but instead, here is a site that has a video on how to take a GE washer apart.
    Maybe you will see something different from yours?
    http://www.appliance-repair-it.com/GE-wa...

  • silvia livick Sep 08, 2010

    i willl look at the video but he got out the spnner thing that we had trouble with and its all ok so we think that if the bungee's arent of equal size and one is bigger in the back then the front it may throw it all off right? that is what he is thinking cuz it would always break in the back one of them not all. so he threw out the old ones and said he is going to try and make them of all equal size and see what happens let ya know and i will watch the video, maybe we need to go buy there bungee's at the store cuz apparantly theres are the right size and fit

  • silvia livick Sep 10, 2010

    guru just wanted to say we got the machine to work now that he bought bungee cords and measured them exactly, the only problem i am having now is that the timer dosent seem to work it'll empty on its own and fil on it's own, and spin but it stops spinning during the full cycle and i have to push the knob in and back out untill its done, then i have to turn it just a smitchen to have it re fill to soak cuz it just stops and i dont hear a click, i am wondering since he had the top off so much if that could of done somethng to the timer? if so is it hard to fix? cuz i really dont enjoy turning the dial everytime it stops when it feels like it. but if i have to then i will cuz at least i got it to work, i am dissabled due to a botched back surgery so carrying a wet load home from the laundry mat wouldnt be easy on my back at all. thanks i will wait for your answer on that. silvia

  • silvia livick Sep 11, 2010

    i have a question, i havent heard from you for sometime and my hubby as i said did get bungee's to fix the tub, now what the problem is even tho the machine is stable in all place's even the floor, it still on spin does a lot of hard spinning, so the knob that turns on and off the machine, seems to turn off on it's own when it spins, so i have to pull out knob, and it still wont finish,so i push knob in and then trun dial a dad bid, pull it out again until it starts again. it usually stops as it spins,and rinse's water at the same time, do you think by lifing the machine lid open he may have done something to the timer? or could it be that when it broke down the knob vibrated so hard it threw the whole thing off,? He looked at it and when the spinning comes on again i have to literally hold the knob out so it dosent turn off on it's own, and it does at times, any idea's please. i cant stand holding the knob all day long as it spins, I just got done with a load, and i had to do the same old same old, I think if one of the bungee's is off just a tad bit then it will rock the tub like crazy do you agree with me? or am i just a women? LOL i saw some on line and they are like tire's as thick as a tire rubber. anyway he went and bought the kind that have hooks on them, u know the kind that you can strap something on a car to hold something from one side to another, then he cut off the hooks and mesasrued each one, then tied it with very strong metal so it wouldnt come loose, the cords seem to hold, yet the tub as it was getting done spinning and i lifted the lid up, and watched it finish as it slowed down, it looked a little off balance still, the one's on line are $3.00 cant beat that but they dont seem to have our wahser Number so i am worried there. the stabelizer bars are hanging freely like they are supposed to, and nothing seems to be wrong, except i think its the dang bungee cords. any advice please you havent answered in a long time are you done with me ? hope not LOL thanks silvia

  • Kirk Augustin
    Kirk Augustin Sep 11, 2010

    Hi. Sorry to hear you are still having problems. I was not trying to ignore your last comments, but I did not notice that I had to hit the sign in order to see the additional comments. I guess I have never had this many comments before and did not realize they did not automatically show.

    As for shutting off at the wrong time, I can only guess.
    It could be the timer, but I don't think they are easy to repair, and expensive to replace.
    However, it could be something else like the lid switch malfunctioning perhaps.

    To check if it is the timer switch, try a different cycle, like short or gentle, if the machine has one. This should use different contacts that have not been used as much, and should be clean and fresh. If they work, then it probably is the timer. The contacts may be possible to clean, but I have never tried that.

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