GE Model #WCVH6800J0WW Front Loader dancing.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:02 AM
One of our residents has a front loader with a shaking problem. Worst on towel loads, little or no shakes with lighter loads. At the final drain/spin stage, it starts at 7 min, rotates seveal times to distribute the load, then spins little faster. Starts to clunk and bump, then slows and stops. Does the tumble/distribute routine again. Repeats this 3-5 times, then finally spins. The first time, shaking and never semed to get to top speed on the spin. Counts down 4 min to off as it spins. Checking the towels, they are still rather damp.
Put them back in for a 'drain and spin' cycle. Starts at 12 min, works its way down to 9 min, all the time tumbling the towels, then spinning just fast enough to keep the towels from falling. Attempting to go faster, it thumps,bumpsand stops. Then back to the slow tumble and 12 min. Did this 3 times, then seemed to 'find its balance' and get pat 8 min and start to really spin. THIS time it gets into 'high gear' on the spin, and water is seen coming out of the towels. NOW when they are removed, they are almost dry.
Ran washer empty and to establish there was no problem empty- smooth as silk.
Machine was installed 6/10/08 and does 10 loads a week +/-. Passed all diagnostic tests just fine. I am leaning towards new shocks for it, but at $200 for the set of 4... I wanted to consult the dojo.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:41 PM
It was MUCH more fun to consider much more complex and expensive solutions. (NOT!!)
Tomorrow I go to adjust. I will report back.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:30 AM
Any other suggestions, or reasons maybe on why NOT to buy shocks?
Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:15 PM
- loose pulley (assessed directly-- grab 'hold an wiggle)
- bad bearing (assessed visually-- usually leaves gookus stain around the bearing)
- broken drum support spider (assessed directly-- excessive slop and play in inner basket)
Posted 22 April 2010 - 03:09 AM
Would not all these problems be evident with no load, or any load? I will check all, however. THANKS! (And did you expand the repair manual section? I dont remember sooooo many GE tech manuals!)
@applianceman18007260692- THANKS! But what does 'front banger' mean in this context?
I am going to check the items offered by The Master, but order shocks today. I will post results.
Posted 22 April 2010 - 03:13 AM
(And did you expand the repair manual section? I dont remember sooooo many GE tech manuals!)
It's a never-ending work in progress. Always trying to add more value for my subscribers!
Posted 22 April 2010 - 08:04 AM
Serving St George and Southern Utah
Posted 22 April 2010 - 09:24 AM
On the condition of the shocks- I have yet to put an eyeball on them. My auto repair experience led me to think that they were worn, due to lack of any other cause.
I will keep this post current until resolved. Thanks again for the help, y'all!
THANKS! A physical inspection will be made before purchase.
Posted 27 May 2010 - 04:31 AM
@denrayr - these shocks are a dry friction type, no oil charge to leak.
The old shocks were not that bad. Even the new ones seem to have a 1" or so 'slop' before they catch and dampen.
But when a 3-star retired general says 'Do Something' you replace something!
Here's hoping... I will post if I hear anything more.
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