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Helpp "Does the wash tub spin freely by hand? If the tub does NOT spin by hand, the rear tub bearings may have seized up or something could be bound around the spin basket shaft (I've seen this one before). Let's hope it's not this problem." I saw your post here, and I think this is exactly my problem. I took the belt off and the motor spins freely but the drum does not. What now? Marisa :)

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  • helpmarisa Jul 25, 2008

    The tub does feel like there is something catching it because it will turn slighty, then it feels like it's getting caught up. I'm told not to touch it because I'm a 30 year old single mom. But I fixed it once when there was a drain problem and I think I can do it again, with help of course. Anyway you've been great help. What should I do if something is caught?



    :) Marisa (:

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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.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jul 26, 2008

    I know you said you've fixed the washer before, but this problem is a whole new ballgame. This is not a simple repair job even for the seasoned appliance repairman. I'm not trying to discourage you but you need to take a look at the following link to see what is involved in trying to separate the wash tub just to inspect it:



    http://www.fixya.com/support/r752855-rep...



    Small articles of clothing like bra straps, underwear, socks, bikini tops, thongs, etc., have been known to get caught between the inner spin basket and outer wash tub shell. That's why it is recommended that you use small garment bags fro small things. They usually end up stuck somewhere near the support shaft in the rear and will cause the tub to bind and not turn. You still have to disassemble the washer to get to it. That is the unfortunate news about the way these front loaders are designed.

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