Kenmore 43052 Front Load Washer - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

Hi not sure how these work as we dont have them in the UK. With UK machines the soap and fabric softner are put into a drawer that pulls out the front of the machine. When softner and soap arnt going into machine properly we take drawer out and wash it in warm water, you usually find a lot of gunk built up blocking it, perhaps you have a similar problem. Hope this helps

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jul 27, 2011 | 202 views

Hi from retired Englishman in SW France

I mostly do answer front load problems but ' out of balance' is a common problem with both!

It is necessary to ensure absolutely that the machine, even when empty, has all 4 feet very firmly on the floor, and I mean firmly ;-0)

Doesn't matter whether it is empty or not but switch it off then-
very firmly push one front corner diagonally into the centre of the machine (sorry about my UK spelling!) and see if the machine moves or rocks AT ALL, even the slightest. If it does you will need the open-ended spanner which came with the (new) machine........which of course went missing a long time ago?!! An adjustable spanner will suffice.
Adjust the foot under that corner downwards until it is very firmly- almost pushing- against the floor but not so far that the corner lifts up!
If this corner did not rock do the same to the other.
Once you cannot rock the machine the slightest little bit, screw the locking nuts up tight to the underside of the machine so that they will not move. Ideally the rear feet should also be locked.

If this has not cured the problem it is possible that the internal drum suspension is malfunctioning.

Good luck,

John C

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Mar 11, 2011 | 33 views

Good question.

I personally have owned that exact model, I was fond of it, and while I did not have your problem, I have known the repair process.

I did have another problem that was in warranty and after several visits it was corrected, my issue proved to be electronic and some malfunctioning unit within needed to be replaced.

Your problem sounds exactly like a clogged or kinked hose.

A kink is easy to see, the hose turns too sharp a corner and then cannot allow water to pass in the time the electronic brain has allowed for that step in the process. If it is a clog then the blockage is not visible from the outside, and this could come to exist due to lint or certain natural soaps that have photo-degraded before use and congeal, though I doubt the soap (love the natural soaps myself and am totally happy with them.)

Borax is a laundry "additive" that is anachronistic and uncommon now used but still can be bought, ask your grocer is you have trouble finding it. It also functions as an excellent water softener and soap dissolve, for lack of a better description. Si if you run an empty load, with hot water and a half a cup of borax, maybe a couple of times, and do not see any improvement, then I am going to suggest you focus on the lint blockage, kink or the electronic equivalent of a kink.

By electronic equivelant I mean that some function is not acting as it should when it is supposed to drain, but you knew that obviously. What I can share is, after seeing this machine taken apart by an expert I know: it is NOT user servicable, do not open it up and expect to find the problem.

Also it has large cinder blocks built into its frame for balance / ballast so it is darn heavy and moving it to see the hoses behind may be reasonably a 2 person job. Be careful, please don't twist when heaving this machine aside.

These blocks allow it to spin exceedingly fast once the water has drained but if it has not drained it does not have the strength to muscle through and spin fast anyway, so the one (not draining) may be causing the other.

SO run it empty with just the Borax a couple of times, see if it drains, see if it spins. If not you may need to involve a professional but try to get one who will be results oriented (as opposed to paying by the hour since that would be a system where the less competent would make more money) and know that your machine IS repairable. But let's keep our fingers crossed it wont come to that.

Good luck to you, I hope you machine returns to proper functionality.

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Mar 08, 2011 | 265 views


When my washer did that, I found that the shocks that hold the tub were bad...

Check out this tip I wrote about the noise and vibration that front load washers can make..

Washer Problems
Washer noise when spinning


Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jan 13, 2011 | 101 views

Check the Vibration damper rods to be sure that...
1. They are there and mount is solid.
2. If they are broken in 1/2.
3. The plastic knuckle mounts are not missing/broken.
4. There is oil in the shock absorber/spring section of the rods.

Also - there are suspension springs on the bottom of the tub that could be broken and/or missing.

Replace/repair as necessary.

Thanks for using FixYa - a 4 THUMBS rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Sep 14, 2010 | 104 views

this is because your flour may be very smooth and there is no grip below.Due to fast rotation of the drum during the spin time it starts to move.Please try to place the machine on top of a rubber pad which provides some sort of grip at the bottom
Thank You

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Sep 02, 2010 | 42 views

Yip could well be drum bearing failure, itss quite a big job / expensive......Depending on age may not be worthwhile!!

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jun 24, 2010 | 433 views

motor contro board

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Oct 20, 2015 | 447 views

The two dampers that fix to the outer drum casing have plastic bushes that can fall out. Check the floor under the machine, They are easy to replace just click in place.

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jul 29, 2011 | 1,780 views

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Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Mar 12, 2009 | 66 views

yes ,,check the lock nuts on the legs,,they came lose...onthejob

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jan 17, 2009 | 197 views

the water swelled the shaft of the spin should have recieved the wash basket under warranty,,,the back tub bearing you have to by,,even and you can knock the basket out,,it wont do you any good because the tub seal its in that back bearing tub and it had a leak,,,but if you have to..set the plastic tub on the edge of a solid table,,,shoot your wd 40 duwn the shaft,,cover spin end of shaft with wood,,,and hit down slow and steady..onthejob

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jan 17, 2009 | 269 views

NO , if there is damage to the shaft you will need a drum BIG $$$$$$$$

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jan 17, 2009 | 555 views

suspect basket support broke basket will need replaceing and possible rear tub section if bearing/seal damaged overloading not usually not the cause

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Dec 11, 2008 | 742 views

possibly a coin or hair clip in the pump if not the propeller on the pump may be loose try locating the pump under the machine and try to romove it

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Nov 14, 2008 | 263 views

Peace Friend,
ngfam1 At your service!

Things wear out! So is life!
Sounds like the coupling between the motor and the drum is broken! or the belt!!!
How old is the washer?

If the appliance is 10 years old or more you it may not be advisable to put good money into bad!
New appliances are so much more efficient today that they can save you a lot of money in energy!!!!
Water,Electric and detergent! And put money back in your pocket!
The new appliance will pay for itself in only a few years!

Only a trained laundry tech can make the electronic diagnoses.

Below I referred you to a great service nation wide!

If none of these tasks remedy the problem then here is a good company that's found nation wide.
A&E Factory Service
A&E has schedulers available to take appointments 24/7
And they do warranty work too, for most manufactures!
1(800) 905-9505

You will be fine
Bless You ngafm1


Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Sep 02, 2008 | 61 views

The big door seal is probably the problem. Put on gloves and using a solution of Laundry detregent and hot water and rags, carefully wipe clean all the folds of the seal. It will be icky. Next run a cycle with some detergent and oxyclean or bleach if you have it.

Especially during warm weather, damp clothing left in a front loader mildew slightly very quickly- you can't really see much but you can smell it! So get the clothes in to the dryer immediately. You'll want to relaunder the smelly clothing after you have cleaned the washer.

Good luck to you and Thank You using FiX YA!

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Aug 20, 2008 | 307 views

Usually black oily stains are a symptom of a rear main drum bearing starting to go bad. The seal goes bad first and the packing grease will start to weep out as water gets into the bearings. Is the washer starting to get loud during any spin cycle? If so, I think your bearing is starting to go. It's not a cheap fix, either. The whole back shell of the outer wash tub has to be replaced because the bearings are molded into the plastic. I hope this is helpful in some way.

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Mar 02, 2009 | 687 views

please balance your washer and use smaller loads

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Jul 08, 2008 | 2,385 views

bearing on most can not be removed there molded in the outer tub comes with the rear half of the tub already installed

Kenmore 43052... | Answered on Feb 27, 2008 | 291 views

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