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Basket out of balance

The basket spins way out of balance when spinning. The springs are in place, and it is not a bearing. Could the basket not be sitting properly on it's seat?

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Vang

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  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    the balance spring fell off need to know where to put it back

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Mine actually bent, and had to be replaced.

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YES !! also could be a loose or broken screw that holds the inner basket , hope it helps AJ

Posted on May 27, 2008

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My amana washer barely spins but makes a jackhammer sound in spin cycle


The "jackhammer" sound is that the load (and hence, the "basket" it's in) is out of balance, causing the basket to spin in an eliptical motion.
Some washer (like mine) will momentarily shut off when it senses this, and restart when the basket slows down enough to make the out of balance condition go away, unless it starts in again, then it'll shut down again and restart.
If this is what is happening, the washer keeps shutting off and restarting, making it appear that the basket is spinning slowly, as it never gets up to full speed.
Try redistributing the load when this happens.
Also, the usually is a spring arm with a rubber "snubber" on the end that presses against the top of the basket, to help dampen an out of balance condition.
The spring over time weakens, and the dampening action is lessened.

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Replacing a Rear Tub Bearing


Rear Tub Bearing Replacement
(Part 1 of 3)

This advice is for replacing the rear wash tub shell of most Kenmore Elite HE model FRONT LOADERS, along with Whirlpool Duet, and some Frigidaire FRONT LOADER models. This is a repair that would be rated as difficult due to the extensive disassembly and reassembly of components.

The requirement to replace the rear wash tub shell is usually attributed to the rear tub bearing failure in which the bearings are molded into the tub and cannot be replaced otherwise. In some situations the replacement of the inner spinner basket (stainless steel tub) may also be required due to the corrosion and breakage of the spider arms in the back of the basket that support the basket.

SYMPTOMS: Washer exhibits excessively loud “rumbling” type noise during the spin cycle, excessively vibrates, or won’t spin at all.

DETERMINING IF THE BEARING AND SPIN BASKET ARE BAD: With the washer door open, place your hand inside the basket and push straight up. If there is excessive play in the tub (wobbles up and down) the bearing is probably bad. If the spinner basket scrapes against the outer tub shell when you give it a spin, you will have to replace the inner spin basket as well. Unfortunately, you cannot see the condition of spinner basket supports until it is removed from the outer tub shells. In some cases, a brownish colored stain my show up on clothing as the bearing seal has been breached and leaks into the spinner basket.

Before starting this repair, make sure you read through all instructions thoroughly and place the washer is in an area that gives you plenty of space to work.

(cont’d)

on Jul 07, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Basket spins terribly uneven.


If you find no problems with the suspension rods and springs, you can remove that spin basket and check for an item that could be stuck between the spin basket and the plastic outer tub. Also, check the "balance ring" on the top of the basket. The should be fluid in it. You can check this my shaking the basket and you should hear water.

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The machine made a horrible sound during spin cycle. I thought it was a belt that had broke. But we took the back off the belt is ok but it look as if the drum had come off the springs. We took a crow...


Unfortunately, the repairman is probably correct. If the rear tub bearing goes bad on these washers, or if one of the spin basket drum supports breaks, it usually requires the replacement of the internal spin basket. One simple test you can do yourself is to open the washer door and place your hand inside the drum at the 12 o'clock (top) position. Push straight up and release. If there is any play in the drum, this usually means one of the rear spin basket supports has broken, or the rear bearing is bad. Unfortunately, the only way to make this determination is to take the washer part and remove the outer drum shells. If the spin basket supports are intact, the drum bearing is molded into the rear drum shell. The bearing usually is not removable, which requires the replacement of the entire back shell. This is a maintenance intensive repair that usually takes a trained technician about 2 hours to complete. Even if you attempt the repair on your own, the spin basket alone costs over $300. The rear tub shell (with the bearing) is about $345. You may try contacting the manufacturer to see if there is a warranty on the spn basket. You can use the following link to see what warranty informaiton may be available on your appliance:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/nb_10153_12608_NB_CSwarrantyinformation?adCell=W3&i_cntr=1292622625154

It has been my experience that overloading the washer can contribute to the premature failure of the bearing and drum supports, however, there have been some cases where the spin basket supports prematurely failed due to poor welds or corrosion. These washers are usually very reliable and should last many years with proper care.

I do not necessarily agree with the repairman's assessment on the drain pump, however. If the drum slipped off the support mount springs while running, the washer would not have completed the cycle and would have shut down. This would have left any water that was already in the tub unable to be drained. If the tech performed a diagnostic test AFTER the drum was put back in place and the water still would not drain, there should have been an error code present on the front panel display of either "F02, F21, or "SUD".

If you have any questions, please post back and let me know.

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Kenmore 90 tub spins excessively clockwise during wash cycle.


there should be 2 or 3 springs that hold it, they mite have broke, take off back panel an check.

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Spin basket weld gone causing loud knocking on spin cycle


front load washers are a great inovation into our modern society that being said they are a delicate balance of moving parts the main bearing plays a very important roll in keeping the machine balanced during the spin cycle I wouldn,t do one without the other . you're absolutly right too much $$ for a 4 year old machine call Electrolux plead your case and see if the will dicount the price of a new macine at least the value of the basket Good Luck

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Washer doesn't spin


Hello skull1829 ,

Was the Clutch/One-way roller bearing changed out for dc/UC errors in your FAV6800AW/FAV9800AW?

If you start a Spin Only Cycle with an empty wash basket will the wash basket spin up CCW and complete the cycle? Lift the washer top from the base a few inches to observe the wash basket CCW rotation in spin cycle. If the clutch spring is broken or end pins of spring aren't seated the tumblers will rotate and the wash basket will rotate slowly CCW.


IF the wash basket won't spin up can you pull the front cover off and insure the motor will rotate the clutch pulley CCW in a Spin Only Cycle? Let’s try these few basic tests and get some feedback for troubleshooting.

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Kenmore Elite ET3


The plastic casing (tub shell) around the stainless spin basket should not become worn unless the spin basket is hitting the outer shell. From my past experience, this is usually caused by a cracked or broken spin basket support (spider) arm on the back of the spin basket, or a shot tub bearing (which is also behind the spin basket). The bearing is actually part of the rear tub shell and is molded into the plastic. It cannot be replaced separately and requires the replacmeent of the shell.

If the spin basket supports become broken, the basket becomes off balance and rubs against the outer shell. This results in excessive vibration, which may be the reason why the support shocks were broken. No...this is not normally expected. Unfortnately, this is not a simple or inexpensive repair, either. If you have a service plan, or warranty coverage, I would recommend pursuing that as a repair option. If you wish to repair this yourself, I can post a link for you to follow, but it is expensive. This will usually require the replacement of the following parts:

Spin Basket
Rear Tub Shell (if bearing is bad)
Front Tub Shell (if spin basket caused significant damage)
Support Shocks (I would recommend replacing all 4)

Optional:
Drive Belt Pulley (can become warped or bent)
Drive Belt (if showing signs of wear)
Rubber Door Bellow (if vibration as caused damage to the rubber)

You can go to searspartsdirect.com and type in your model number to get prices for everything if you like. Everything can be found under the "Tub and Basket Parts" heading, with the exception of the rubber door bellow. It can be located under the "Door and Latch Parts" heading.

I know none of this sounds like positive news, but I do hope you find some of this information helpful. Let me know if you need further assistance.

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Helpp


If you have removed the drive belt from the rear pulley and the inner spin basket does not spin freely, you either have a drum bearing seized up on you, or something binding between the spin basket (stainless steel tub) and the outer tub shell. First, you need to reach inside the wash tub with the washer empty. Place the palm of your hand at the 12 o'clock position and push straight up. There shouldn't be any play in the spin basket. If you can feel the basket wobble up and down, you have either a bearing problem, or a spin basket support (spider arm) broken on the back of the spin basket. If there is no play at all, you probably have something caught. Small articles of clothing can sometimes get pulled between the tubs and usually ends up around the support shaft in the rear. This will obstruct the basket from spinning freely and could eventually cause damage to the drive motor, spin basket and/or tub bearings. You can use the instructions for replacing a rear tub bearing that I have posted under my Tip and Tricks for instructions on how to disassemble and inspect the tub. The bearing may not be bad, but you still need to check to see if anything is binding the spin basket against the tub shell and inspect the spin basket supports. Unfortunately, you have to disassemble the washer to be able to inspect any of these items I mention. I hope this helps you.

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Spin cycle


This is a repeat, but maybe the same result.  Remove the front cover (usually two clips between the top and the front, move it around) and check each of the springs that hold the unit to the base.  Have found that just one spring would cause a out-of-balance condition.  When you open the lid, does the basket seem to be leaning one way or the other?  If so, look on the side that shows more than the other.  Also, reach in and grab the inner basket to see if it seems loose.  Have had the basket drive mount break halfway through and caused it to roll really bad.  Let me know what you find out, or if you need futher help.  Jim

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