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Indesit WA105 - drum is loose and fails to spin

The drum will not spin, the motor and belt are fine, it seems as though the drum has deattached itself from the spindle, if I turn the drum by hand its very loose and the drivewheel at the rear of the machine does not turn. Is this fixable?

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  • Jerome .... Jul 23, 2007

    The spider assembly attached to the inner drum is broken into many pieces, doesnt look like it can be fixed? its riveted to the inner drum.

  • Jerome .... Jul 24, 2007

    Many thanks Crytech for your reply, the parts are around £55 including the spider bolt kit(which is required as the original is riveted), but I reckon if I take out the drive spindle then I'll probably need to replace the bearings/seals as well, which will be around another £15 at least, so total cost is at least £70 + postage, not to mention a few hours to do it all, so guess I'll just buy a new machine (equivalent machine is £200 or less).

    Thanks Again Crytech

  • garrygoodiso Oct 20, 2008

    ~~Indesit WAX 120

    The drum is loose The bearing and drive wheel is ok. The drum can be moved up and down from the front door. is there a nut holding the drum to the shaft can it be tighte.nd from the frount


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Hi Jezzer69 It is repairable but will take about 3 -4 hours (if you know what your doing) and the parts will cost about 65% of what a new machine will cost. You need to weigh up how old the machine is and or if its "beyond economical repair" Regards

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