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Rear bearing noise when drum rotates

Washer makes a loud grinding noise from rear of drum. The faster drum rotates the louder the noise. Can problem be repaired reasonably if it is rear bearing.

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    Bearing noise from drum

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If the rear bearing is bad it will require the replacement of the entire rear tub shell. This is because the bearing is molded into the plastic and cannot be replaced separately (I know, its a stupid design). Sometimes additional damage can occur and the inner spin basket and front shell may also need replaced. In addition, what may seem like a bad rear bearing, might be a broken tub support on the spin basket. In a nutshell, you may have to replace both tub shells and spin basket at a minimum. With parts and labor the repairs could cost $600-$800. If you have no extended warranty or service plan coverage, it may not be worth the effort to repair due to the excessive cost. Sorry...I wish I had better news for you. I hopes this provides you with some answers.

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Check the warranty in your owners manual. Your parts should still be in warranty (basket and tub). You will have to pay labor, about $200. Turn it by hand and listen carefully to be sure it isn't something that has gotten between tub and basket.

Posted on Oct 06, 2007

  • Anonymous Oct 08, 2007

    Just wanted to follow up on your washer problem and see what you found wrong.
    Thanks/Mike

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