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Frigidaire Laundry Center- possible bad pump- SUDS?

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Hi All, I hope I have done my due diligence before posting a new topic....searching, reading faqs from this and its affiliated sites, etc...

Anyhow, Frigidaire "Laundry Center" model number FLEB43RGSO.  Agitates just fine.  Going into the spin cycle, it sits silent for a couple minutes through what I suppose is supposed to be the drain cycle.  Then it tries to spin, and eventually works up a pretty decent head 'o steam for a tub full of water, and then starts a loud squeal and eventually the smell of burning rubber.

Perusing all these fine pages, I suspect either the pump and/or the pump pulley.  Does that sound about right?  Is there the possibily of a foreign object jamming the pump impeller causing the issue? 

So, what is the SUDS quotient for this job?  I'll have to add an extra mug or two due to where it is (I have to pry it out of its closet, into a narrow hallway, and out the door and over to my barn to get enough room to work on it).

Thanks! 

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Open that puppy up and lay some eyeballs on the situation. A world of discovery awaits you. Could be anything from a bad transmission to a seized pump to a worn belt. SUDs vary accordingingly.

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OK then, I'll tear into it...and I forgot the most imporant part about the upcoming journey..."down a flight of stairs".  Better eat my Wheaties!

Thanks!

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Well, I broke down and called a repair shop.  Answering machine said "All weekend calls returned by 9AM Monday, with service guaranteed by noon Monday".  I left pertinent details- make, model, problem.  I take the day off work, sit around, then at 11:30 I get a call, "we don't work on laundry centers".  AAAARRRRGHHHH!  So now I'm resuming self repair....

Is this a back or a bottom accesss?  Gonna try it in the hallway since I have the house to myself...hopefully someone is around...?

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Two screws at the bottom of the front panel - remove these, the front panel slides down and off. These are "Robertson" screws, they need a square bit to shift them - they may look like a Phillips will work, but it won't.

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Thanks Mac!  I knew I should have eaten lunch and waited for a reply before pulling the thing out of the closet and laying it down!    Oh well, the floor needed cleaning anyways!!!! :headbang:

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:bananadance:

 

Woo Hoo!  Was just a big 'ole piece of lint stuck in the pump impeller.  Wifey was washing a throw rug....

Once I had the requisite info (thanks Samurai and Mac!), only about a 1/2 SUDS job.  (Add another 1 or 2 suds if you don't have a handy-dandy security screw bit kit for the Robertons and the torx on the pump.  Of course, I made the 'simple repair complicated' by removing the unit and trying to access via the rear and bottom, but there was 4 years of gook under/behind/next to the unit that could stand a good cleaning, anywayze.

Now, I did some damage to my belt...stil woks OK, but I'm guessing it's just a matter of time before I have to replace that.  What's that SUDS factor?  And what's the procdure for sending Suds (The noun, not the acronym) to the Master to my Grasshoper???

The good news is, I don't have to go by a front-loading pair (I had settled on the Duet after reading everything here- it would just entail a minor reframing of my closet door to fit it in).  The bad news is, I don't have to go buy the Duets.  I already had my rationaliztion all worked out, seeing the cost savings by using a front-loader.

And THANK GOODNESS for small favors!  The repair person who ticked me off many paragraphs ago by not honoring their commitments and waiting until the middle of the day to call actually saved me $$$ ! 

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