Recently, I was experiencing a loud clunking sound during the spin cycle on my front load washer. After reviewing the drawings and reading several of the posted questions and answers, I was convinced that my rear tub assembly was the culprit (worn bearing assemblies). I purchased the rear tub assembly AP2578105 and the tub gasket AP3212518 to repair the fault. My rear tub assembly came complete with the tub gasket installed, when I notified the staff at Appliance Parts Pros to inform them of this, they instantly credited my account the price of the gasket - excellent customer support! After I removed the rear tub assembly (and cleaned the inner tub assembly AP2107258 and spider) I re-assembled the washer. I applied white lithium grease on the shaft-to-bearing contact sleeves as I installed the shaft into the rear tub assembly ensuring that the shaft bolt was tightened and the pulley wheel was spinning freely (and true). Everything appeared to be on track. During a test run with the back and lower front cover removed, everything appeared to function as designed except for the spin cycle (again/still). Although, with the new bearings installed the noise was decreased from the Cessna that was landing in the laundry room to an unbalanced thumping sound at higher speeds. When the cycle completed, and the front door was opened, I noted that the inner tub assembly had approximately 1/2" of play vertically although the rear bolt is attached securely. Is there a way to measure or accurately assess the inner tub assembly spider shaft assembly before re-assembling the washer with the old part that appears to be in useable condition but may be faulty? My guess is that 98% of appliance owners would not attempt the rear tub assembly change-out as I have, given the steep price of the replacement part and the impending knuckle-busting maneuvers required to complete the repairs. Add to that the potential requirement to replace the inner tub assembly = buy a new washer (hands down). The most helpful information would be how to properly assess the inner tub assembly shaft wear/alignment issue which apparently, in my case, was the root cause of the bearing failure, possibly initiated by overloading the machine over time. Please confirm/correct my assessment as needed. I hope that this "short story" helps someone.
ANSWER Hello Chris. Yes, you are correct, based on the information you provided. It does sound like the inner basket 131618500 will need to be replaced. This is the only way to repair the bad shaft on the unit.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Tuesday, August 28, 2012