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I have a GE washer (I know, I know) that has become quite noisy during agitation. The noise sounds like a "squeak" or a screech. I can make the sound when the washer is off my manually moving the tub to and fro. I took it apart and verified that the noise appears to be coming from one or more of the suspension ball sockets. I shot some silicone lubricant into all four of them and things quieted down for one load, but now the screech is back. Any ideas for quieting this sucker down other than replacing the sockets and/or suspension rods? Do you think I've identified the culprit or is something else (and more ominous) developing.

One other comment: GE must be making some big bux on these. Construction appears to be light and cheap!

Thanks!

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If you remove the agitator, does the noise go away?



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     I've been known to spray Armourall on those plastic socket the suspension rods sit in to stop them from squeaking.   Sometimes the front service panel will squeak.  Sometimes a drop of oil will get on your brake pad and it will screech during agitation. To see if its the brake with the machine off grab the basket and try to turn it in either direction.  Does it try to make "that noise " when you do that?

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Thanks for the replies. I can make it squeak when I grasp the tub and either rotate it or pull it or push it from side to side. I'm with you on the lubricant, but I was dismayed at how quickly the noise returned. Perhaps some kind of grease would work better than a spray?

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This is the recommended lubricant G.E. says to use....

****The use of 
lithium based lubricants between the ball and socket joint of the Rod and Spring assembly  is recommended. Laboratory tests have shown that application of lithium-based grease between the ball and socket joint will significantly reduce noises.****






 



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Lithium lubricant it is. I'll get some and report progress on Monday. Thanks for the tip!

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Pegi-Sensei,

I'm happy to report that the application of the lithium grease to the top ball and socket mounts did the trick. Now the washer is as quiet as it was when it was new. Hopefully I'll get a few more years out of it before the transmission craps out and/or it spews water all over the house.

Domo Arigato Gozaimashita!

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Thank you very much for the reply and letting every one else know this works for this application.......;)

 

 

 



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Knowing nothing about lubricants (other than whats in the nightstand)...is WD-40 lithium based?  If not, can someone suggest a product please?

I have a 3 year old GE that is doing the exact same thing.  It squeaks only during agitation.  When I hold the outer tub in place and rotate the inner tub I can reproduce the squeaking noise.  Please excuse my terminology... :)

Obviously I know nothing of the workings of these appliances.  Can someone please describe the steps required to get lubricant  "between the ball and socket joint of the Rod and Spring assembly"?

Much appreciated!

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Sorry, GE model GKSR2110B1WW...thanks.

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Go to any store that sells lubricants, appliance parts places, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, auto parts store, etc., get a tube of Lithiium Grease and rub it on your rubber balls...do not use WD-40, that is a moisture displacement product and will make it worse after awhile.



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Pegi wrote: get a tube of Lithiium Grease and rub it on your rubber balls:shock:



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Yep, thought that might get someones attention.....;)



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I can see the late night commercials now...1-900-MIZ PEGI :dude:



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LOL....never happen..........;)



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Gosh, this lithium grease could spell disaster for my scrotum scrubber repair bidness! :shock:



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Or enhance it......



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Can someone explain for me, how do I find my (rubber) balls?  Do I need to remove the tub or...?

Sheesh, I can't say anything on this topic without it sounding x-rated.

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LOL, I would hope one of the guys in here can help you find them....I think I have done enough in this thread.....;)



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