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 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2006 06:14 am
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My problem has just begun a few days ago on my Kenmore Laundry Center (Washer/Dryer Combo), during spin cycles it begins to squeal very loud after the cycle is near an end, sort of like a bearing that changes under stress and heat then starts squealing when the friction is too much. I don't know which bearing would be the culprit if at all. I can't find a schematic anywhere. I removed the front panel and checked if it was the belt but no way I just changed it a year ago, the sound comes from the tub assembly, belt is in very good shape. Machine squeals while the belt is moving and continues even after the belt stops moving. Any help would be appreciated. By the way when the bearing is replaced or whenever the tub seal is removed should I buy a new one or could I still use the old one?? Thanks.

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tub seal and bearing is a common failure for these- reach up(without machine running) and rub your finger on the area where the shaft enters the tub,if you can extract a black colored gookus on your finger,it's a sign tne tub seal has leaked. the water then infiltrates the bearing and causes binding during spin- these 2 peices must always be replaced together. both the tub seal and the tub bearing.



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Do you mean the large cylindrical bearing that is screwed into the tub at the bottom of the tub?? Is there only the one bearing in this setup? Thanks.

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Yes, that is the one he means. There are three real comman problem areas with these machines.

1) The main tub seal going out and take the bearing out.
2) The lower one-way clutch/bearing that lets the transmission only turn in one direction going out letting transmission turn freely in both directions, (complete transmission has to be replace or completely strip transmission down to replace lower transmission case).
3) The transmission itself locking up internally during agitate, (again, meaning replacing the transmission).

These machines, as far as I'm concerned are basic JUNK!!!!!



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i have to concur with that,with these units,it's not a matter of "if" you have a failure,so much as "when" you will. the very fact that some of us have become reluctantly proficient at them pretty much says it all.



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