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Whirlpool washer LHA5500W1 noisy spin problem


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Posted 28 August 2005 - 11:24 AM

Squeals like a banshee when starting to spin - somewhat like a loose fanbelt on a car, but LOUD.  Lasts about 3-4 secs, stops as the tub speeds up.  Suggestions appreciated, thanks.

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Posted 28 August 2005 - 06:53 PM

Hummmm, might want to start by seeing if the drive block under the agitator has worn out on the inside and has slid down the spin tube, taking the spin basket down with it.
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Posted 28 August 2005 - 10:01 PM

This comes up as a belt drive unit pegi's suggestion is possible but i would look for a  water pump starting to get tight or a belt that is getting wet from a tub leak or belt badly worn or out of adjustment. Make sure its draining fast enough not spinning with to much water restriction like a partially kinked drain hose, pump issue etc.  Start by seeing how slack the belt is should be about 1/4 -1/2 inch defelction its poissible belt is bad if never changed before looks to be a older unit late 70's early 80's

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 07:34 AM

Thanks Shane, did not notice was a belt driven.. LHA=1980....Start with a slipping belt as Shane suggested, and the really big one, the clutch pads are down to metal and are screeching on the basket drive assy when it is trying to get up to speed in the spin cycle.   If the pads are gone is pull the tranny and basket drive assy  time and replace the clutch plate, might as well replace the belt at the same time.
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Posted 30 August 2005 - 04:29 AM

This comes up as a belt drive unit pegi's suggestion is possible but i would look for a water pump starting to get tight or a belt that is getting wet from a tub leak or belt badly worn or out of adjustment...


Howdy, Shane. Nice to have some more Canadians helping out here.

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 07:25 AM

Yep, Shane is a master, there is not much he does now know, he will compliment the other Masters in here that make this site so valuable.   ;)
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Posted 30 August 2005 - 12:58 PM

Thank you all for your responses - much appreciated

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 01:04 PM

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