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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2009 09:52 pm
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Postscript:  I forensically torn apart the washer today so I could:  see if my diagnosis of a broken spider was correct; make it lighter so I could get it out to the garage in anticipation of the new machine’s arrival; salvage some parts since my MIL has the same machine: and besides – it’s fun tearing stuff apart if you don’t have to put it back together!
Yes – one of the spider arms was broken so that was the problem.  The entire spider was very corroded.  All those bits of corrosion break off, pass through the pump (shortening it’s life?), presumably get on the clothes a bit and hopefully build up in the coin trap.  
The coin trap was full of sand, gukus and corrosion bits.   If you do any repairs to this machine – perhaps any machine with such a coin trap - I would suggest cleaning this coin trap out.
The bearing was solid – no problems at all.
How to “guess diagnose” a broken spider.  After re-re-reading previous posts (thanks to you all) on how to “guess” the spider is broken (it is a guess until you lay eyes on it) I figured out a procedure you pros already know to check – from the front:  Remove the lower panel.  Rotate the drum until a vane is at the 7 o’clock position.  With left hand grab the outer drum (you can get a good grip on the weight) and hold it steady.  With the right hand grab the vane and see if there is any play in the drum.  There should be none (relative to the outer drum).  Then rotate the drum so the next vane is at 7 o’clock and check that one.  Then do the third one.  In my case one leg of the spider was fractured so one of these trys was a little looser than the other two.  This technique may work for you because the spider attached to the drum at the same spot as the vanes.