Whirlpool front loader... bearings failed after 2 yrs of use. I replaced bearings and seal in Aug, 2011. Within one month after that, a noticeable rattle appeared in low and medium speeds during spins in the wash cycle. It appeared the noise was coming from the inner tub banging against the outer plastic housing after watching the shocks with front kick panel off (plastic housing was not hitting the inside of the main unit shell). Ok, perhaps one of the replaced bearings was faulty.....
I replaced the bearings and seal again 2 weeks ago with parts from a different source this time. Same problem with the rattle appeared after a couple of loads so I'm fairly certain it's not so much the replaced parts, but the question is what is running out of round during those spin cycles?
I've taken the back plate off and watched during the spin cycles. I see the pulley wheel running out of round a bit to cause the noise. Belt and motor looked fine. Curious if it's possible to have tightened the shaft nut too much during the first repair (and damaging the pulley since it looked like cast aluminum or powdered metal) or somehow I've bent the spin shaft on the inner tub? I did have to tap the shaft loose from the seized bearing in the first replacement.... so curious if anyone thinks it's the puller or the shaft on the tub.
Anybody else seen this before?
Edited by kavadon, 22 January 2012 - 12:24 AM.