Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
This looks a common problem. I had cleared the filter as it did have items in it. The pump was very loud and the water was not fully draining. Sometimes after the cycle, water will be in the drum. So it is not fully draining. I replaced the pump. Same drain problem, but the unit is now quieter. I think it may be the inlet valve (is it the same as 2-way valve)? My have printed the diagram from Sears. You have said it is fairly easy to replace. But Where is it? Do you access it from the back of the unit or from the same place as the pump, the lower entry? This would be helpful to know. I have heard people cleaning the valve first. I just need to find where it is and how to get to it.
The valve is located inthe top left corner of unit, wehre the water inlet hoses are attached, youll need to remve the top of the unit and undo watersupply iin order to replace
Posted on Apr 12, 2008
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If you hear loud thumping during the spin, the load of clothes may have become unbalanced. Stop the washer and redistribute the clothes, then re-start it. Repeat these steps if necessary. Also check for drum bearing failure if your washing machine is noisy on the spin cycle. Drum bearing failure is common when the bearing seals start allowing water to enter. You can take the belt off and spin the drum by hand, and if the drum rumbles, replace the bearings.
Turn the drum by hand and listen for loud noises. If the drum itself is split or the 'spider' is corroded, broken or has come apart from the back of the drum it will create a loud noise on every turn of the drum. (When the bearings have gone bad, the noise is constant the entire time the drum is spinning.)
Look for obvious dents and creases in the drum or look for coins or small objects stuck inside the tub underneath the drum when a horrendous noise is made while clothes are in the tub.
Clear the water pump from obstructions like coins or small objects when a noise occurs while the washing machine is emptying water.
Remove the sump hose and look for bra wires if you hear a light scraping noise when the drum is turned by hand. You can also check to make sure a wire isn't poking out of one of the holes in the drum. In this case, you can pull the wire out easily with pliers.
Take the belt off and run the motor alone if you hear a high pitched squealing noise to check for motor bearing damage or wear. If you still hear the noise without the belt, it's the motor bearing.
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