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Washer is only 3yrs old. Replaced the motor inverter, March 9, 2010. The washer is making a loud squeaking noise, sounds like a injured animal! Do u know what this could be? This happens when going in the wash cycle. When it goes into the rinse cycle, the washer rings clothes ok. Would it be feasible to just get a new washer.

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  • mags7777 Mar 25, 2011

    Not an overloading problem. When spinning, the tub does not to be stable. Water drips down on the floor. You said about oiling machine, how is this done? Would it be cheaper to get a new washer? How do you look look for anything down behind tub, lift washer font up

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Hello,

There are lot of reasons that can cause this problem. The most common cause is over loading. Cut down the laundry load and try again.

Also, something could be stuck in the drum that is scraping when the washer spins.

It could be a worn out drive belt because this is one of its symptom.

And lastly, you can oil it as it may need to be oiled if that's the cause of the noise.....

But if non of the above seems to be the cause of the problem, then it means the bearing of the machine has gone bad. Replacing the bearing is a labor intensive job and requires for the washer to be almost completely disassembled to do the replacement needed. The parts alone will cost $80 or more and a special tool is needed to complete the repair. I do not recommend this as a DIY project.

Good luck.




Posted on Mar 25, 2011

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    Walesarumi Mar 25, 2011

    Hello,

    As you said water drips down the floor which you didn't mention in your first question. It is obvious, the bearing of your machine is the cause of the problem. If you had told me that water drips down the floor I would have told you straight away that the bearing is the cause if the problem.

    Just like I stated in my first post, that DIY is not recommended for a bearing problem because you will have to completely disassemble the machine.

    At this point I think a new machine is cheaper and better because fixing a bearing problem is more than half of the amount you will use in buying a new machine. Also, other faults may come up after fixing the problem.

    So I would commend you purchase another machine if you have the money.

    Take care.

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