Question about Kenmore 43042 Front Load Washer
I own a Kenmore frot loading clothes washer. The washer works fine except during the spin cycle. Even though it spins a loud noise is coming from the machine. This noise happens on fast and also normal spin settings. It almost sounds if someone is landing an airplane in my laundry room.
It sounds like the bearings are going bad. Try spinning the drum with your hand while it is empty. It should spin nice and smooth. If the rotation feels a little rough and noisy, you might have a problem. You can double check by taking the drive belt off and try shaking the pulley. If there is "play" when shaking the pulley, the bearings are most likely toast. The inner stainless drum rides on two bearings which sit in the rear of the outer plastic drum. The whole plastic drum and bearings come as one piece and go for $150. It would cost about the price of a new maching to have someone come out and repair it for you. It sounds like kenmore has had a bearing problem which is pretty rediculous considering how much these things cost. Sears said, "those tend to go in a few years", which is criminal especially since the warrenty is usually conveniently exopired by the time this problem happens. If you are handy, have a spare day, and can remember how to put a washing machine back together, go for it. I did it and it was not a fun time. There is a lot of sharp metal edges in the machine so wear gloves. good luck
Posted on Nov 14, 2006
As posted above, it's the bearing. There are 2, only 1 may be bad, but you should replace them both. Get SKF, part numbers below. The SKF (chicago rawhide) seal part number changed. The new number is 562737. I pounded the bearings out with a hammer and a pipe with the drum-half over a piece of wood with a hole in it. I tapped the new one's in place with a piece of wood on top of the old bearing, trying to keep it flush as I tapped it in. I also didn't get a new drum o-ring, instead I ran a thin bead of 100% silicone around the old o-ring and it worked fine. Runs very quiet now!
Seal: SKF 562737
6307-2RS bearing (inboard)
6306-2RS bearing (outboard)
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
Demand a recall.
It's surely a design problem, and the problem is designed to feed Kenmore/Sears' repair services while you are encouraged to apply the service visit charge toward the purchase of a new Kenmore.
Washers used to last a couple of decades until the manufacturers started to take lessons from the computer industry.
Posted on Jul 24, 2008
Non HE detergent will cause bearing to wear prematurely
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
I'm pretty sure is the bearins... It happend to me, I took the bearings out and went to a bearing company and got them and replaced them myself.. Both bearings were $19... I'm a woman, if I could do it, you can too...
Posted on Aug 19, 2008
If you read the manual it tells that a loud noise during the spin cycel is normal. They say they front-end loaders sound just like a plane landing. So there might not be anything wrong with it.
Posted on Nov 19, 2007
SOURCE: Loud Noise - Spin Cycle
If the washer is making a squealing noise, the problem is more likely to be the basket drive. If it is more like a rattling sound, the centerpost bearings are probably worn out. Open machine's rear panel and spin the basket manually by turning the drive pulley, to find out from where exactly the noise come from. Defective part should be replaced. Good luck !!
Posted on Jun 29, 2006
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