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This is almost certainly due to worn drum bearings. Although the noise is terrible, the machine will likely continue to work satisfactorily for a while longer before it either seizes up or starts to leak. If you start getting rusty marks on your laundry then it will be from the failed bearing.

The solution is to replace the bearings (a major and expensive job), but on budget brands like Hoover it's not generally possible as the outer drum is made of polypropylene and tends to shatter when the old bearing is driven out or when the new one goes back in. So instead, it's more usual to replace the complete inner and outer drum assembly as a single unit. A complete drum assembly is the one of the single most expensive parts of the machine so it's usually a repair which makes no economic sense unless the machine is still under warranty.

Any experienced home mechanic can usually attempt this job and the bearings themselves aren't particularly expensive (especially if the old one is taken to a specialist bearing supplier rather than purchased as an official Hoover part). But it does entail a near complete disassembly of the machine to do so, and on many machines the spot welds on the outer casing have to be drilled out (and replaced afterwards with pop-rivets) in order to remove the drum assembly. The old bearing will need a suitably sized drift tool to remove and refit, and I tend to use a very short offcut of a scaffolding pole is ideal for most machines, but it's not exactly the kind of thing which most home mechanics possess.

Good luck, and please take a moment to rate my reply.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010


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