About a month ago, my front load LG washer bearings went out with grinding and the usual cacophony of noise I replaced the two bearings + seal, as well as the seal that goes around the tub halves while I was in there. OEM replacement parts were used. The repair went well, and the noise was gone and the tub ran smooth as silk - no play felt in any direction when applied to the tub. Now in the past week, the tub has developed some play in it from 6-12 o'clock - possibly 1/8" or so. I had cleaned and looked at the spider when I rebuilt everything, and other than some mild surface corrosion it seemed to check out ok. I cleaned up the shaft with a 3M pad on install, and there was no pitting seen. Both bearings and seal were seated properly, and double checked prior to reassembly. This new symptom has me a bit stumped.....
I just pulled the back off to check the 17MM bolt in case it had slacked off, but it was still torqued down tight. Even now with the bolt and the rotor removed, the play in the tub seems the same either way. I cannot see any movement in the shaft at the rear when the tub is lifted. There is no play from front to back, only at the front of the tub edge when lifted up slightly.
Am I doomed to dismantle this thing once more, or is there something I'm missing? My thoughts are that it is likely spider-related, but I would welcome any advice to help me along!