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 Posted: Tue Mar 7th, 2006 10:32 pm
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Hi there!

My washer is about 4 yrs. old. Suddenly I started smelling burning rubber and the spin cycle stopped working.

It washes great and has no problem pumping the water out. No leaks or squeaks.

Bought new belts. Did not help. Someone said maybe the break is on. Helped it along, and it is spinning SLOWLY now.  I thought maybe it would speed up after a while, but NO such luck!

Obviously something is wrong, please anyone?

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Check for article stuck between tubs. There will be about a 1" gap between top cover and the inner tub. Known for sucking up socks and wash clothes when overloading. Run your fingers around that gap and see if you get lucky.  



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Nothing stuck!

Any other ideas, please?

Thanks!

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We are going to want to pull the front off. It is held on by two clips at the bottom corners. Push down on the clips with a screw driver while pulling on the side of the front panel. After the front is removed, raise the top by removing the two 3/8" screws that go from the bottom up connecting the cabinet to the main top under the front lip of the top front corners. The tub cover is held on by snaps, remove it and look in-between the tubs for any obstructions. We want it to be something stuck, we do not want it to be a bearing going out. Post the results and we can go from there.



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I do appreciate your help!

I did the steps you requested a couple of days ago. I did not see or feel anything between the tubs.

However, I did not remove the agitator, because it seem to need some odd tool.

I'm looking forward to some more advice, please. :)

Thanks!

 

 

 

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"thanks for your help.spin brake was not releasing due to lack of lubrication.applied grease to thrust bearing,pully,helix & shaft splines.now break releases as normal.george"

"bmmc" had a similar problem, but I have a slight rotation of the drum while in the spincycle.

Now, I don't know what kind of machine he/she has.

Do you think I could try to do some greasing as well? If yes, please tell me exactly what and how I can get to the parts. As we know, I am not very technical. :)

Thanks so much for your time!

 

 

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Oh, and I just wanted to mention that I finally was able to remove the agitator as well. Everything looked clean. I noticed there was a "lint screen", but I could not see a way to remove it.  But I guess the agitator has nothing to do with the situation, since it works GREAT.

:) Still trying to remain HAPPY here.

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Something stuck under the agitator would not stop this unit from spinning. You said you tried my suggestions prior. I am assuming you removed the front, lifted the top  (not the lid) and pulled off the bleach hose and removed the large white tub cover and inspected. Also, the greasing of the trust bearing and other suggestions is for a completely different drive system. Even though they both say Performa, yours is actually a LAT dependable care drive system. Great machine. IF you have done the checks i suggested, then we would want to make sure your motor is pivoting freely and inspect the bearing for signs of rust. I am assuming no one has removed the transmission pulley prior to this or tried to adjust the tension of the belts by moving the pump?



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> Something stuck under the agitator would not stop this unit
> from spinning. You said you tried my suggestions prior. I am
> assuming you removed the front, lifted the top (not the lid)
> and pulled off the bleach hose and removed the large white tub
> cover and inspected.

Right. The unit is very clean. We needed to clean the
under-side of the plastic ring. There was nothing wedged
between the inner and outer tubs, but we couldn't see or reach
underneath.

> Also, the greasing of the trust bearing and other suggestions
> is for a completely different drive system. Even though they
> both say Performa, yours is actually a LAT dependable care drive
> system. Great machine. IF you have done the checks i suggested,
> then we would want to make sure your motor is pivoting freely
> and inspect the bearing for signs of rust.

So we have a great washer, but ungreasable?

The motor is pivoting properly. We added a spring so now
there's 3. If your refering to the rubber area at the base of
the tub as the bearing, we didn't any rust. But we can't see
inside of it. We've the urge to push some grease through the
slots next to the tub.

> I am assuming no one has removed the transmission pulley prior
> to this or tried to adjust the tension of the belts by moving
> the pump?

No. We have not removed any pulleys. We replaced the belts after
first smelling burning rubber. Before that we adjusted the pump
pulley tighter, but put it back to about where it was when we
installed the new pump belt. Thats we added the spring because
pushing the tray towards us and tightening the transmission belt
seemed to increase spin speed, but not by much...

Its apparent that we're asking too much of the motor, pulleys,
and belts. The drive shaft seems to be asking too much. It
feels like the brake is on.

You'll be our hero if you can tell us whats wrong.

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Not a hero, bringer of bad news. If nothing between the tubs, and pump in original position, it sounds like you have a tub bearing that is beginning to seize. You will need a tub bearing and mounting stem seal kit.    



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We do appreciate your help very much!

Could you just tell us how you were able to isolate it to the tub bearing and not to the break?  Would it not make some noise if the bearing was bad?

You mention "inspect the bearing for rust"....?? Did we do it correctly?

Would it hurt to try to grease it? Is it even possible?

Thank you for your time!

 

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One additional thing...

When I removed the agitator I saw a "lint screen". I was wondering if it could be removed? Maybe that would be a way to check under the tub. Maybe there is a lot of lint stuck under there???? 

Thanks again!

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This style brake does not wear down like others. When it does start to go bad it slips and does not hold the tub solid in agitate. The only way it could become out of spec or not adjusted correctly to affect spin would be to remove the screw holding the lug onto the transmission pulley and install it back incorrectly. Since you stated you did not touch that area, and no one else has worked on the unit, then it shouldn't be  "unadjusted". The screens you see at the bottom of the tub can be popped out for changing but will not be the cause for your slow or poor spin. They simply give the water another outlet from the tub in spin as opposed to all the holes in the outer tub. Some units do not even us them and instead have filler plugs. There will not be a large build up of lint in there slowing the basket. Sock stuck in the outlet of the tub that leads to the pump, maybe, but you stated you thoroughly inspected the unit and there was no article of clothing or foreign matter in there. Good luck.



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Thank you for putting up with us and our questions.

The following sentences bothers me a little. Could you be kind and be a little more speciific about the tub being solid in agitate. I have noticed the innertub moving while in agitate...I have to kind of straghten it. This has happened many times. Someone told me the load is unbalanced, but the machine does not stop. I have had it stop maybe a couple of times during four yrs. because of an unbalance in the tub. I can't be that bad at loading the machine. Anyways, is this what you mean by the sentences below?

"This style brake does not wear down like others. When it does start to go bad it slips and does not hold the tub solid in agitate."

Also, now way to grease any parts in the machine, right?

Thank you very very much!

 

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The brake does not hold the tub solid as far as movement side to side front back etc. It holds the tub from rotating in spin so it does not wrap clothes around the agitator and slop water up over the sides. There is nothing to grease as far as solving your problem as long as your motor was pulling back which you stated it was.



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I just wanted to say super thanks for all your help.

I had a pro. fix my machine today.

You were correct, it was the tub bearing.

Take care! :)

 

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