My WF860 has developed a nasty vibration on the spin cycle, joined with a horrendous noise like it's about to explode! Whipped the lid off to discover the three chunky bolts that hold the concrete block to the drum 'loose'. However, these bolts can't be tightened up anymore, suggesting they are fully home. Having removed the bolts and then block, I can see the three supports are badly worn (presumably where the concrete block has been rubbing against them, working all the more loose, excerbating the issue). Question is, does anyone have, or could take, a photo of the top of their drum, less the block so I can evaluate the damage caused. Unless I can get this block fixed tightly to the drum, looks like I'll be forking out for a new machine!
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You may have to lift the lid and rebalance the wet clothes inside
make sure that the machine is level and the bowl supports or in good condition as an off level bowl will go to unbalance on start of spin
vibrations and such noises are definitely caused by something out of balance, or not spinning truly. some maytags were plagued with wimpy blower wheels which when worn made horrendous noises. without a complete model number i am at a loss as to where to point you though. enjoy, have fun.
Most noises from a washing machine occur during the spin cycle. If you hear loud thumping during the spin, the load of clothes may have become unbalanced. Stop the washer and redistribute the clothes, then re-start it. Repeat these steps if necessary. If there's a loud thumping noise during the spin cycle, the load of clothes has probably gotten unbalanced. Open the lid, redistribute the clothes in the washer, then re-start it. Repeat these steps if necessary.
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it sounds like your concrete block is loose. unplug machine and remove lid check block on top of drum there is also 1 at the front of the machine below the door seal. WARNING DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE BOLTS.
With the lid open, set the cycle to spin and press the lid switch button with a pen. Wait until the drum gets to full speed and release the lid switch. If the drum makes a knocking/ thumping noise and doesn't stop spinning within 2-3 seconds, the basket drive block is worn and needs to be replaced. (The basket drive block is located on the gearcase drive shaft, under the tub and agitator) If this has been happening for a long time you may need to replace the brake and drive tube assembly as well.
Basket drive block part number is 389140
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You said,your 6 year old Kenmore elite top loader's wash plate doesn't seem to go
through its proper motions. When the lid is closed and the washer has
filled and the agitating cycle begins, you can hear a vibrating noise
as if the plate is trying to move on the gentle cycle, but when the lid
is opened, nothing has moved at all. The drain and spin work fine, and
the machine goes through an entire cycle without error messages, but
the clothes aren't clean. You said, you have heard a lot of horror stories of how
expensive these washers are to repair, so would like an idea of what's
wrong beforehand. Here are a list of common vibration noises
Noisy, vibrating, off-balance Is the washer level? Does the washer rock when pushed against the corners? The washer must be level. The front and rear feet must be in firm contact with the floor. Check that the locknuts are tightened. See “Level the Washer.” Is the floor flexing, sagging or not level? Flooring that flexes or is uneven can contribute to noise and vibration of the washer. A ³⁄₄" (1.9 cm) piece of plywood under the washer will reduce the sounds. See “Location Requirements.” Is the load balanced? Evenly distribute the load in the washer basket and make sure the height of the load does not exceed the top row of basket holes. See “Starting Your Washer.” Do you hear clicking or other noises when the cycle changes from washing to draining or spinning? When the drive system shifts or the washer basket settles between cycles you may hear noises that are different from your previous washer. These are normal washer noises. Is the washer gurgling or humming?
Is the washer level? The wash load should be balanced and not overloaded. The washer must be level. The front feet should be properly installed and the nuts tightened. Reset the rear leveling legs (if needed). See the Installation Instructions. Did you completely remove the yellow shipping strap with cotter pins? See the Installation Instructions. • Are the gears engaging after the drain and before spin, or is the upper part of agitator clicking during wash? These are normal washer noises.
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My machine did the same thing, I found it to be the heater element in the air box had come loose inside the casing and was hitting the sides of the air box. Removed air box from machine and resecured the element now all ok