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You better get at this soon,the lip-seal is gone from the outer tub and now water has penetrated the bearings behind this lip-seal,the longer you wait the harder it will be to remove these bearings and if its a plastic outer tub you can destroy this tub when removing the old bearings,the inner tub needs to be removed,the rear access needs to be open the motor pulley removed,the c-clip that secures the outer bearing needs removing then the inner tub can come out the front to access these bearings for replacement

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Maytag electric washer model # lat 9406aae is leaking water from its base, had noticed odd sound during spin cycle as well

Odd sound...? Would this be a nasty grinding sound like a worn out bearing. Nasty sounds and water leaks are usually associated with the main drum bearing breaking up and consequentlly the water seal being breached and water leaking from the back of the drum.

Sorry to say that if this is the case, the cost of repair vs the cost of a new machine are going to have to be considered. If you can get to look under tha machine and see where the water is coming from, you will probably see it is originating from the centre of the drive wheel for the drum. If this is the case then the main bearing is shot. You MAY get a local repairer to come out and replace the bearing (But they will probably need to take the machine away to replace the machine pressed bearing). Or they may offer a refurbished drum and take yours away so they can refurb that later.

Whatever the method, if it is the main bearing, the cost is not going to put a smile on your face and you should seriously consider the alternative of investing in a new machine.

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Hotpoint wma46 drum bearing failed

The drum sits on a shaft, just like the front wheel on a car. There are 2 bearings, one each side of the drum housing. Usually the inner bearing water seal fails and the bearings begin to rust, causing it to become noisy. Once the water is that far, its not long until the outer bearing goes. At some time in the process, you will begin to get a water leak from the rear of the drum that will get progressively worse.

You can change the bearings and I work with professionals who claim that they can have a drum out, bearings swapped and back in within 45 minutes. I've never got it down below an hour and a half on a machine I know well and you will need, if not SPECIAL tools, then a tool of some description to knock out the old bearings that are pressed into the drum. This is a job for the hardened DIY enthusiast and a pig of a job if you've never done it before.

Bearing sets cost (depending on the machine, the supplier and how many you buy) around £25 in the UK (About $40). Calling out a guy to do the job will easily quadruple that cost (He will probably come with a refurbished drum, swap it out and then take yours away to refurbish).

With this information, you now have to ask yourself if it's worth the effort on a machine that may be reaching end of life anyway.

Typically, the noise will get SCARY and the water leak annoying long before the machine actually fails to work. My advice would be take this as notice that your machine is about to go to the scrap yard in the sky and start looking for a replacement before it croaks on you at an inappropriate moment.

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Hotpoint WMA30 is leaking a small amount of oily water from the back of the drum when in use. There is a small hole in the back of the drum, should there be a screw in this hole that has fallen out?

Thwater is leaking because the shaft seal has worn, and the hole is supposed to be there as it is a drainage hole.
The outcome will be that the main drum bearings will eventually fail as the water will get into the drum bearings.
To replace the seal involves a complete strip down of washer. not a job to be undertaken by yourself, unless you know what you are doing.

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LG WM2032 HW making noise, drum moves to much, belive the bearings are shot, but it also leaked the water out of the drum when is shut down. Can just the bearing going bad cause this are is there an...

You are probably correct. If the inner drum is loose and sloppy you probably have collapsed bearings and seals.
What can also happen is that the inner drum can make contact with the outer drum and wear through it. This could be the reason for the leak.
Unplug the machine at the wall. Remove the 2 screws under the rear of the top. 'Bump' the top to the rear to unclip it, and remove.
Remove the back panel to inspect the rear of the drum. This will expose the outer drum.
If the bearings and seals have failed, you have quite a large job ahead of you.
A holed tank is another level of expense. It may be cheaper to replace the machine...Get quotes.
Good luck....Nomess

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Possible drum bearing problem , seals leak into bearing chamber and beyond , bearings seize and become noisy. Pumps get noisy but rarely leak.

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firstly remove rear cover and check during running if any hose is leak?
water seal inside drum is leak for this drum has to be open. mostly bearing are damager due to water entering bearings. so bearing are needs replacement.

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If there is water leaking then you need to repalce both bearings and the seal that sits around the drum shaft and protects the bearing. Check the brass collar on the drum support thats sits in the bearing is not worn or grooved.If it is the shaft and/or the drum need replacing too

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I have a different suggestion based on my washer's similar problem. If the black stuff is powdery and localized at the back of the unit, more than likely the culprit is the drum pulley itself is warped, causing the belt to chafe against the drum. The black powder is rubber residue from the scraping of belt on plastic. No need to replace unit. New belt and new pulley run about $70 each.

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Brown spotting on washed clothes

chances are if you have eliminated anything thats got in by accident that the drum bearings are about to go, the drum bearings are protected by a water seal, this has started to leak and is now washing the grease out of the bearings back into the wash, you may also find a small amount of water on the floor, if you also remove the back and look behind the large pulley you may also see brown water marks running from the center of the outer drum

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