Open up the washer, grab the metal basket and lift it up and down. If there is any play in it then buy a new washer. Replacing that spindle and bearing is not cheap. Spindle can only be purchased by also buying a new basket and that can cost $500.00 or more just in parts.
If this is what the inside drum does at all, then it is toast. Washer Spin Basket Part Number 131618500 Sears PartsDirect
This is the basket for your washer and it is $314
And if you decide to go that route then you will need the outer rear tub because the bearing is part of that tub and it is $246 Washer Outer Rear Tub Part Number 131462800 Sears PartsDirect
You also have to ask yourself that since it is 9 years old, If I replace the tub and drum what else will go out? The motor? It's $120. What about the drain and re circulation pumps? Well it's $82. It will be cheaper on you to bite the bullet and purchase a new unit.
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