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#1 diydarin

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 01:06 PM

When washer spins at high speed even with no clothes, it is way out of balance - unusual vibration. I found strange debris in the pump trap that I do not think came from clothes washed in the machine - I believe the debris and the vibration problem are related. I'm wondering if something internal to the washer has broken causing the debris and vibration. I've got a photo of the debris attached. Any ideas?

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 06:34 PM

yeah they very well could be related.

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:59 PM

I've got a photo of the debris attached.



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Posted 19 June 2011 - 08:52 AM

Well I figured it out...had to do some major surgery and tore down the machine to the point where I separated the front half of the plastic drum from the rear half and could get a good look at the space between the spin basked and the plastic tub. Turns out the metal spin basket, at the front, rides in some type of groove. Somehow the front lip off the metal spin basket popped out of that grove and chewed up the plastic surface up during high speed spin. That would also explain the burning smell my wife told me about yesterday when I had the thing half torn apart. So at a minimum I need to replace the front half of the plastic tub (~$155 for the part), but I'm wondering if its worth it. The machine is 5 years old but nothing but trouble. Further, I'm not sure if the metal lip on the spin basket is still perfectly round - visually looks like it might be distorted. Ever hear of this happening, and what would be your recommendation?
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Posted 19 June 2011 - 12:15 PM

Ignore my last post, did some further looking and realized my prior post was incorrect....

I tore down the machine to the point where I separated the front half of the plastic drum from the rear half and could get a good look at the space between the spin basket and the plastic tub. Turns out the rim at the front of the metal spin basket has worn a groove in the front, flat face of the plastic tub - that is what the debris is, plastic that has been machined off the tub surface by the spin basekt. My wife tells me several days ago when the unit was running she noticed an odor almost like burning plastic, so that fits with this rub event during the high speed spin cycle. So at a minimum I need to replace the front half of the plastic tub (~$155 for the part), but now I'm worried that the steel spin basket is out of round - looks like it when I turn it by hand, and I'm wondering if that is what is now causing the vibrations at high speed spin. If I'm not mistaken that is a very expensive part ~$500+? If that's the case and if it needs replaced, I think I'm done with the machine - not worth fixing and frankly it's been nothing but trouble from day 1. Any accurte way to check the "roundess" of the spin basket? What I can't figure out is how this happened, unless something got caught between the spin basket and the tub...

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:05 AM

How does the tub feel in relation to the rear drum shell and bearing. The problem you have is usually caused by a failed rear tub seal and then water gets into bearings destroying them, (probably the noise and vibration problems you have been having).

If that is the case it's usually time to get a new machine.
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 10:31 PM

Finished tearing it down, took the spin basket off and discovered the root cause - tripod support at rear of basket failed...so it's trash now, parts are too expensive to justify repairing it....






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