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I've had this machine since 1992. The drum, I think, is grinding or rubbing against something. I plan to open it up and see if there is some kind of bumper that is worn. Your help is appreciated. Paul

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  • parundel Nov 11, 2010

    Thanks for the reply--bearings make sense. Now, is there a manual that will instruct on bearing work?

  • parundel Nov 11, 2010

    (resending) Thanks for the reply, bearings sound right. I need an instruction manuel to do bearing work. Can you help me out?

  • parundel Nov 11, 2010

    Thanks for your time and effort.

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Hi, except there is some thing inside the washer that is broken, i would say the drum bearings have started to wear out badly. It's even obvious that the drum bearing is bad since you said it has a grinding or rubbing against something. All you need do is to replace the drum bearing and the noise will stop.....

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    Tunde Autos Nov 11, 2010

    Sincerely speaking, i don't know where to get instruction manual for a 1992 washing machine except contacting the company that manufactured it if they still have the manual....

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