VERY LOUD DURING SPIN. LOADS ARE BALANCED . WAS TOLD TO LOOK AT BEARING FOR LEAKAGE AND THAT MEANS A BAD BEARING. I JUST TOOK THE BACK COVER OFF THE MACHINE AND THE DRIVE BELT, WHEN I EVEN SLOWLY TURN THE PULLEY SOUNDS LIKE GRINDING GRAVEL. WHEN I SPIN FASTER IT STARTS TO SOUD LIKE THE BAD NOISE I HEAR DURING THE SPIN CYCLE. I THINK THE BEARING IS SHOT. IS THIS POSSIBLE EVEN THOUGH THE SEAL IS STILL GOOD?
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might be a warped spin basket or the dampers could need to be replaced. could even be a bad spin bearing. if it was bearing, normally would be associated with a loud noise during the spin cycle though.
Hi - Try to rotate the drum when it is not in use, manually and see if you notice the sound as well. If you do the drum is not balanced and you would need a professional technician to diagnose the bearing and pulley system behind the drum for repairs.
Most likely it is the spin tube bearing worn. Reguires some know how and special tools. Requires a major dismantle of the machine and usally I did these repairs in the shop. Bearing will eventually sieze over use and time. Labor will probably exceed the value of the machine.
There is a shaft that goes through a bearing in the back of the outer tub which supports and turns the inner tub. It is connected to the outside edges of the inner tub by a "spider arm". The normal play for the inner tub should be smooth, even and firm. If you can get it to move one way more than another one of the arms of the spider may be cracked. It would require removing ans splitting open the outer tub to inspect the rear support of the inner one.
You didn't say what model washer you have, but it sounds like you have a bad spin bearing. When bearing is bad it can be very noisey during spin, like a helicopter taking off. This means your washer needs a bearing and seals overhaul. This is generally a very expensive repair unless your washer is under some kind of warranty. The spin water seal has more than likely been slowly leaking, causing bearing to go bad.
YOU MEAN LOUD DURING SPIN CYCLE? IF THAT SO, WHAT KIND OF NOISE? BANGING NOISE MEANS YOU HAVE UNBALANCED LOAD OR ONE OF THE SUSPENSION IS BAD OR FELL OFF. GRINDING NOISE MEANS YOU HAVE A BAD TUB BEARING, TO REPLACE THAT, YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE WHOLE REAR TUB ASSEMBLY, VERY COSTLY. MEANS YOU PROBABLY BE BUYING A NEW WASHER.
It appears that you have an imbalanced load, or a nearly balanced load with a machine that easily goes off balance during spin. I would suggest:
1. After the unit trips on imbalance and stops spinning, open the lid and redistribute the laundry load inside to balance its weight equally around the interior of the drum. Note that cotton fabrics hold much more water than synthetics, and this has resulted in imbalanced loads even though they visually appear to be balanced. Close lid to restart spin.
2. Remove the front panel and check both tensioning/centering springs on the sides of the tub. A loose spring could easily cause the machine to go off balance.
3. Finally, check the main bearng play by holding the drum steady and moving the top of the agitator spindle horizontally toward the rim of the tub. Any excessive play is a clear indicator that bearing is excessively worn and may be resulting in an unbalanced load.
Can you push the drum up and down. If so then the main bearing has gone bad and needs to be replaced. This is the only metal on metal rubbing you will get unless the machine is off balanced. This is caused usually by doing to heavy of loads and wearing out the bearing