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Wf860 about to explode!

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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  • jaspinall Jul 20, 2008

    So yes, asking a dumb question this morning regarding some other owners whip their machine apart to take a photo! lol...

    Any ways, I figured the next course of action would be to either pad the bolts out with thick washers (circa 6mm) or cut some of the bolt off with a junior hacksaw. The latter solution prevailed, fixing the counterweight securely against the tub. However, as I tightened one of the bolts up, the actual support snapped cleanly off, leaving the weight secured in place by just two bolts!

    I set the machine off performing the rinse/spin cycle it missed this morning, starting off quite well, no noise or excessive vibration at all. Until of course, it got to the 1600rpm spin, where of course, it sounded like it wanted to take off again - the noise was incredible.

    Figuring a new machine is basically in order, I pulled the washing out then dropped the machine out the back garden on it's side so I could take a look at the underside of the machine. The two shock absorbers look intact, no obvious signs of wear. However, the smaller concrete counterweight bolted to the front of the tub was also loose! Couldn't believe my eyes! Both weights loose. Given there is no immediate access to the front of this weight to then tighten up these bolts (assuming they'd also need cutting down) it's safe to say this machine has spun it's last spin cycle, lasting exactly 3.5 years!

    Thanks for the suggestion above.

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    the thing keeps shaking itself apart.. we are on our second drum, second set of bearings. the concrete weights have been reattached and now the thing is locked with all our holiday clothes inside.


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There is no magic to the counterweight supports. if they are damaged, you will have to replace the tub and it is not a worthwhile repair. it is quite a common problem

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