I am in need of assistance with my GE washer WJSE4150B1WW which has developed a loud "bang bang" noise as the spin cycle starts. I removed the front panel and confirmed the noise, which sounds like a hammer is striking metal, is coming from the area where the motor and tub meet (can't identify the exact component). The frequency of the banging increases as the spin speed increases.The belt looks normal and the pump is OK. It will actually spin when unloaded or lightly loaded, but has trouble with a moderate load.
From reading the forum & FAQ entries, it appears that it could be a bearing or the transmission/clutch. Are there any good diag workflows for identifying the offending part?