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 Posted: Mon Jun 2nd, 2008 08:06 pm
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I have a 3 three year old HE3 and recently it began making disturbingly odd sounds. When i reach in and turn it by hand it sounds as if it is consistently turning metal on metal. When it spins fast on any cycle it sounds as if there is something banging around inside with a sporadic clinking/banging sound (loud enough I have to turn it off when my kid is taking a nap in the other room because it wakes him up!). When I tap the stainless drum inside washer there is a rattle like something is loose.

It recently had some serious odor/mold inside, so I ran ten clean cycles straight with no clothes inside using a bottle and a half of bleach, three packs of Affresh, and some Cascade Complete and also bleached the boot clean (we just came home with a new baby and needed a very clean washer to not mold the kid).

Before super cleaning, it had a hint of the grinding sound, but none of the banging/clinking during spin cycle.

What do you think it could be? Could the excessive bleach cleaning have had anything to do with it?

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Are any of the vanes loose?  Sometimes  coins,  hair barrettes(?), flat wahers can get caught under the vane...... also, something small could have around the lip of the spin  tub/basket , is now inbetween the basket and outer tub.......BUT  I suspect it could be the rear bearing is failng but at only 3 years old.........

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The vanes are tight and nothing is trapped in them. I guess it could be something inbetween the basket and the outer tub, but that seems unlikely. It sounds more consistent in a metal to metal scraping/grinding sound on a hand turn and in high speed spin a sporadic banging/clinking sound. Is the only way to find out by dismantling? That is a lot of work to find out that nothing is in there.

I looked at the back of the tub where the bearing is and although it is rusty, there is no splatter or leaking on the outside.

How should I narrow between the two?

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Do you have any movement of the spin basket.... from door end, is there up/down movement   side to side movement?  does the basket move in/out when you push/pull on the  basket?  There is an inner bearing that the water would get to first, if the main tub seal is failing.........keep us posted...

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No movement. Basket is still tight in outer tub, however the metal on metal sound is significant. On my super cleaning I poured a third of a bottle of bleach inside (with no clothes in), put it on the longest/hottest cycle four times straight. Do you think that could have corroded the inner bearing and caused a failure?

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Also, I removed the rear belt from the spin wheel and turned the drum by hand and the sound is definitely coming from inside the tub somewhere.

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One more thing... I went ahead and made a simple recording of the sound I am talking about when spinning the basket by hand with the belt pulled off the wheel on the back so you can listen to what I mean. I don't have the sound of the high speed spin sound recorded, but can get it if you think it will help.

Thanks!

Attachment: HE3 Washer Sound.mp3.zip (Downloaded 8 times)

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could be a bra wire between the Tub and Basket



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