Kenmore Front Load Washer Woes
Posted 06 September 2005 - 03:18 AM
Otherwise I would definitely be looking around for a different machine.
Posted 06 September 2005 - 03:53 AM
Posted 07 September 2005 - 04:31 AM
Hopefully I can tackle this. I found the instructions at this link.
I can do most home repairs, this should be do-able I think.
Posted 12 September 2005 - 04:46 AM
Do you know how to get the tub bearing out of the back outer tub half? It seems pressed in, and looks like a press would be required to get it out again.
Posted 26 September 2005 - 04:50 AM
Bottom line - it is not a difficult thing to swap the unit out. The instructions at the link I posted above are useful, but I really didn't need them that much. If you have some basic tools and common sense, you can do this repair. A couple extra hands are useful when you go to place the drum assembly back into the machine, as the front weight will be on it and that makes it pretty heavy. Other than that, it is just a matter of looking at the machine with a little common sense, removing everything connected to the drum assy, transferring it back onto the new unit, maneuvering it into place, and hooking up your hoses and wires.
When time permits I will be replacing the bearing in my old unit and will either keep that around for a spare or might sell it to help with my costs. Also, some $$ is going into the samurai beer fund for all the help I have gotten here.
Posted 11 October 2005 - 08:42 PM
I just got done with the rear hub replace on my own. I was able to some how get the boot off before I took the tubs out......know its all back together except the boot....(I did not read the instructions you posted first)...bummer ...is there a way to conect the boot from the front?
Posted 26 October 2005 - 05:17 AM
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Posted 16 November 2005 - 07:55 PM
I then found this thread and am tempted to order the tub assy mentioned here from repairclinic.
My question is, does anyone know for sure if this will fit my washer? There's no picture on repairclinic's site, but it sounds like the right part from the description in this thread. Does anyone have any input?
Also, what's the deal with the Kenmore part numbers? Are all the 417.xxxxx washers basically the same? What would be the main differences between all these different 417 models? Do you think the tub assy would be basically the same?
Posted 16 November 2005 - 08:31 PM
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Posted 17 November 2005 - 12:00 AM
They make other machines besides the frontloader.
The complete kit should fit all the newer frontloaders made by Electrolux. It may not work on some of the older models as I believe they used a different motor and pulley set.
Should be no problem for replacing in your 3-4 year old machine.
Willie's Budget Appliance Repair
Eureka, CA 95501
Posted 17 November 2005 - 11:23 AM
Thanks again for the help and I will update when I get the job done.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 02:26 AM
Since this is a newer model I'm crossing my fingers. Have it nearly 2 years now. I really love this washing machine and would hate to go back to the old topload agitator.
Posted 27 November 2005 - 07:32 PM
Even the drain pump seems a little louder and shaky than before. I was real careful with everything. I don't know why just taking them out and puttin gthem back would hurt much.
Not sure what to do now. Have $200+ invested so far.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:16 AM
I found one of the bolts holding the front weight on had come off. I was hoping this was the problem but I doubt it as the weight itself didn't seem to be out of place at all. For a second I thought the rear weight was on backwards, but it look like it can only go one way and have the bolts fit.
I took the pulley off again. It was real tight to begin with, but there's a very slight lateral movment on the drum itself. I can't quite get the pulley on the tub post far enough to keep the tub tight enough back so there's no movement. Do you think that would matter? It's probably only about 1/16" or so of movement of the tub/pully once the pulley is on as far as I can get it.
I don't want to take the tub out again if I don't have to (obviously) but am debating as I can't think of anything to check anyhow. The SS tub seems to ride freely on the bearings. Not sure what else to do short of taking it all apart again.
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