If during the operation the washing machine starts to produce extraneous sounds, in particular squeak and suspiciously tap at low speed, then it is likely that it is time to change the bearings on which the drum rotates. This should be done immediately after the malfunction was noticed, rather than waiting for the moment when the knock will turn into an intolerable rumbling, since the further operation of the machine with the damaged bearings can lead to the destruction of the shaft and the bush, which will entail a complete exit from itbuilding.
It is of course better to replace the bearings with a specialist, but having some technical skills, if you want, you can try to replace yourself.
How to change the bearings in the washing machine - automatic device
In order to change the bearing of the washing machine, the following tools will be needed:
- set of wrenches;
- round pliers;
- screwdrivers( cross and slotted);
- a small blunt chisel;
- hammers( rubber and plain).
In addition to all of the above, you will need a new stuffing box, bearings and a bit of lithola.
You can buy an oil seal and bearings in a specialized store or order them online. In order not to make a mistake with the choice, you must know in advance what parts are needed for the machine of your brand and model. You can do even easier - first remove the old parts, then study their marking and then pick up exactly the same bearings or similar ones.
Bearing replacement instructions
- Unplug the machine from the mains and the water supply and remove its top cover, which is secured with two screws from the back of the washing machine. To do this, use a screwdriver to unscrew the screws and slide the cover slightly back. After that, it can easily be removed.
- Remove the dispenser from the machine.
- Unscrew the screws securing the control panel and remove it.
- Then open the hatch door, use a screwdriver or round-nosed pliers to loosen the outer yoke tightening the rubber cuff and remove it.
- Carefully not to damage, separate the outer edge of the sealing cuff from the body and thread it inside the washing machine.
- Remove the lock, which is attached to the right side of the hatch, unscrew the two screws on which it is held from the outside, at this point, insert your hand between the cuff and the body wall and separate the locking mechanism from the inside.
- Remove all other fasteners and remove the front of the case.
- Similarly, remove the rear wall of the case.
- Loosen the clamp and disconnect the dispenser hopper from the nozzle from the tank.
- Next, remove the counterweight, which is attached to the bolts, which must be unscrewed with a screwdriver.
- Now go to the detachment of the heater, which is most often located behind. Before disconnecting it, take a picture or draw on the paper the location of all the wires so that in the future there will be no problems with their reverse connection. Unscrew the nut that holds the heater, press the screw, carefully pry the TEN and screw it out with a screwdriver.
- Loosen the clamp and disconnect the spout from the tank.
- Remove the drive belt from the rear.
- Disconnect the connectors of the wires connected to the engine of the washing machine.
- Remove the screws securing the motor, and remove the motor by pulling it toward you.
- Remove the screws holding the shock absorbers, and remove the springs.
- Remove the tank from the machine.
- Tank put on the table, pre-covered with an old coverlet.
- On the cuff and tank body draw a marker of several matching risks - they will help in the future to properly install the cuff back into place. Remove the clamp and pull the cuff out of the tank.
- Remove the bolt that secures the pulley and remove it.
- After the pulley has been removed, press the shaft into the tank with your hands. If this can not be done in any way, gently drive the shaft inside with a rubber mallet.
- Now divide the tank into two parts, which are fastened together with latches and screws.
- Clean from dirt and scale the bushings and shaft.
- Remove the bearings - stick in them with a blunt chisel and beat them with light hammer blows along the chisel shank.
- Remove the oil seal if it has not fallen out with the bearing itself.
- Carefully wipe the bearings and lubricate them with lithol.
- Helping yourself with the same hammer and chisel, install new bearings. In this case, do not forget to lubricate with lithol and replace the oil seal.
- Now assemble the tank and process its seams with a sealant.
- Act strictly in the reverse order, collect the washing machine.
- After completing the assembly, connect the washing machine to all communications and conduct a trial wash to ensure the quality of the work performed.
To troubleshoot the other parts of the washing machine, see our article How to repair the machine.