Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:51 PM
A few days ago our DLW330RAW began a thump-thump-thump noise during the start of the spin cycle. This soon stopped followed by a VERY LOUD rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat noise until we could shut the cycle off. Belt was broken, so replaced and started the machine. Filled then agitated just fine, then when going into spin that horrendous noise started again. Watching under the drive the helix and pulley were moving violently up and down and the drum was spinning VERY slowly. Brief research pointed to helix replacement, so disassembled and removed the helix. Internal spline is intact, and the helix itself looks OK. Couldn't get pulley off - wouldn't drop far enough down the drive shaft to remove. Before removing the helix I rotated by hand and with helix and pulley on the "high spots" the brakes released and the drum rotated freely.
Wondering if the helix replacement is worthwhile or do I have a bigger problem - like the transmission? Also - does pulley removal require removal of the agitator, drum, etc., or is there another route? Thanks a million for your help!