Whirlpool washer horrible noise


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Whirlpool washer horrible noise

My whirlpool washer is less than 2 years old. My wife was washing a load today, and after the rinse cycle, it went to spin. As soon as it hit the spin cycle, it started making this horrible loud grinding-type noise. Like as if something that was supposed to be turning was being held back by something. She immediately shut it off. Anyone have any ideas what it could be before we call a repair person?

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Old 03-02-05, 07:09 AM
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Anyone....please?
 
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Old 03-02-05, 07:45 PM
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Hi teksup95,
- this is a really nebulous area to comment on (which is possibly why no responses yet) Noises are relative to the listener, and about the only way to figure them out is to track to source. Unfortunately, only somebody on site can do this. The likely fault could be in transmission, brake unit or clutch unit. All are mounted together and removal is a fairly major job.

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Well...maybe I can describe it better. When it goes to switch to the spin cycle, it never drains the water, or starts spinning, all we hear is a very loud grinding noise, kind of like if you were to drill through thick metal. Same kind of noise.

Does that shed any more light on it?
 
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Old 03-03-05, 10:28 AM
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hi teksup95,
- sounds like worn out brake or clutch shoes rubbing against a rotating metal drum. These are remarkably similar to early auto brake drums, - are you old enough to remember what it sound like if the rear shoes are gone and you try to stop quickly ?

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Old 03-03-05, 10:42 AM
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This washer isn't even 2 years old yet. Is it possible that they are ALREADY worn out?
 
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Old 03-04-05, 12:23 AM
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Hey, the way they build stuff nowadays - anything's possible !

I've got a 13 month old "Russell Hobbs " toaster oven that blew one element, now I find that this "high class English machinery" ( even has the Royal Seal on it) is built in China - and NO SPARES available.
Beware buying ANY Russell Hobbs product ! High class , it's NOT !

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Old 04-03-05, 11:24 AM
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Browsing through this forum, I am thankful I found someone with the same exact issue and washer.

Going about my regular weekend washing, Whirlpool washer hits spin cycle, and low and behold the horrible noise! After doing some investigation online, I have come to the conclusion that it must be the motor coupling.

Can anyone give me an idea how difficult this is to replace myself? Also, is there any online disassembly instructions.

I am also curious if the OP has been able to isolate his/her problem??

Thanks everyone
 
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Old 04-03-05, 11:45 AM
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I actually had it fixed a few days after posting this. As it turns out, it was the gearbox that was bad. Go figure on a 2 year old washer.
 
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Was it expensive? Did you do it yourself?
 
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No, I didn't do it myself. I scheduled a service call via Whirlpool's website, and a guy came out to diagnose the problem. He ended up doing the repairs under warranty, even though I was out of the 1 year warranty period. He must have felt sorry for use since such a major component failed after barely 2 years.
 
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There is a 10 year Warranty on Gearcase for Whirlpool and Kenmore
 
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I realize that, but what I was talking about is that he didn't charge me for labor, which according to the website, should be a chargeable item after 1 year.
 
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Originally Posted by ELC
Browsing through this forum, I am thankful I found someone with the same exact issue and washer.

Going about my regular weekend washing, Whirlpool washer hits spin cycle, and low and behold the horrible noise! After doing some investigation online, I have come to the conclusion that it must be the motor coupling.

Can anyone give me an idea how difficult this is to replace myself? Also, is there any online disassembly instructions.

I am also curious if the OP has been able to isolate his/her problem??

Thanks everyone





MOST APPLIANCE PARTS STORE HAVE EASY TO FOLLOW BOOKS FOR ABOUT 12 DOLLARS FOR WHIRLPOOL...
 
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Old 04-06-05, 04:23 PM
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WELL AT LEAST YOUR UP AND RUNNING...

HOPE YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE THERE TO WATCH HIM FOR FUTURE
REPAIRS...
 
 

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