When the machine gets to the spin cycle it wobbles around like its off its axis. It leans to one side. I have to hold it so it will spin properly. I'm sure its lop sided when it agitates too, because there is water on the floor. Not a whole lot.
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Re: Trouble with Tub
Elizabeth, it sound like a counter-weight spring issue. Spring's function is to keep tub's balance. Open the machine and look for the spring, it should be connected between tub's bottom to the machine's bottom. It seems that the spring either "run away" from its place or was broken. In any case, repair cost for it very cheap.
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Sounds to me like your washer tub had a very unbalanced load in it (heavy blankets, jeans, or pillows, all piled to one side instead of evenly distributed around the inside of the tub), and it threw it off balance. When it began to wobble and knock, it may have broken the mechanics underneath the tub which make it spin. The only way to properly diagnose it is if you remove the outer casing of the washing machine and look beneath the tub for broken/out of place items.
This service manual will help.
I found that when my machine stopped working it was in the middle of a wash cycle. After removing he clothes I also could not get it to restart with any command.
The manual will tell you how to operate different functions under test mode. Once I did this to empty the tub of water then I could restart the machine at least. Still has a problem I am working on however.
These machines are known to get cracks in the cone underneath the tub. The cracks caused my tub to lean off to one side and thus would run out of balance. The give away on this problem is to look and see if the tub is centered all the way around the flex gasket area around the top. Mine would touch on one side and then be tucked way under a couple of inches on the other side. Hard to spin a top when tilted to one side on its axis.
I'm no washing machine tech but am a power mobility tech so do know how to trouble shoot and look for obvious problems. I have learned and lived with this machine. Fortunately I sold the machine - Unfortunately I sold it to another family member thus still working on it.
Seems with your observation that the tub is out of shape and so it might be wobbling when it runs. So the only option is to change the tub with a new one but the cost must be confirmed to decide between a new tub or a new washer.
If you can get a salvaged tub it will be economical.
There are 2 things you can do.
All washing machines have an off balance shut off, some are touchy, some let it run around the house. With wht machine empty, lean it towards you, on the 2 front feet, about 2 or 3 inches and let it drop. The self leveling feet in the rear must BOTH make good floor gontact and sometimes, just the weight of the machine will not adjust them. The other thing is, make sure the load is evenly distributed. Coats, blankets, small rugs etc. are very heavy when wet and they tend to throw all of the weight to one side.
There is no screw holding the yub in place. It hangs on the center post, where the agitator goes. There is however, what's called a snubber. It is a rubber device that looks like a flattened suction cup, that comes in contact with the tub. It helps keep the tub from jumping around too much.
Does this happen with every load? I've had this happen occasionally but it was caused by one or two heavier when wet pieces of clothing that caused the tub to get off center and it would wobble out of control. By just rearranging the wet clothes to balance the tub it stopped wobbling. But only after making sure that the heaviest objects were on opposite sides if the tub.