The washer bearings allow for free rotation of the drum to accomplish the washing operations. The bearings may, however, wear out due to continued usage. They may also be damaged by oxidation due to leakage resulting from a defective shaft seal. Broken or dry bearings may overload the motor and cause premature burnout. Additionally, they may make the machine shaky during spins and cause further damage to the washer. It is, therefore, imperative to replace them.
What you will need
To avoid wasting time during the operation, you need to assemble the necessary tools. Here are the accessories you need to work effectively
- A new set of bearings to replace the old set
- a silicone sealant
- a seal for the drum tub
- various tools such as screwdrivers, hammer, chisel, and socket wrench among others
- an ample working space
- fixing nut, bolt and large washers
The replacement procedure
- Locate and clean the working space. It should be a flat ground free from dust (you may use your garage)
- Turn off the water supply to the machine and any other active program
- Unplug the device from power and disconnect all external hose connections to the machine
- Uncover all the panels using the manufacturer’s instruction manual
- Detach the pulley system attaching the motor and the drum
- Master all connections to the drum and then disconnect them including the stator motor, the two counterweights, and the balancing mechanism)
- Call an assistant to help you in lifting and placing aside the drum and its housing
- Remove the fasteners attaching the top half to the bottom half of the drum
- Set apart the two halves and remove the old rubber seal from the bottom half
- Use the hammer to knock out all the old bearings to remove them
- Clean and keep the working bearings in a safe place to dry
- Fix the new bearings. This is where the large nut, bolt, and washers come into application. Start by loading the bearings on both sides without the bolt. Then, insert the bolt with a machine through the bearings on one end. Insert a washer into the bolt on the remaining end and fix the nut. Tighten the nut on the bolt until the bearings are fully pulled together.
- Refit the lower and the upper half with the bolt holes properly aligned. (Don’t forget to fix the new rubber seal. Seal completely using silicone
- Refit the drum and assemble the machine back together using the reverse process. Remember always to grease the bearings to prevent oxidation and friction.