Noisy washer due to bad main bearing assembly caused by water leak of the tub
Sotirios P. • Placentia, CA • October 16, 2014
Appliance: Amana Washer-Top Loading LWA50AW
My Repair & Advice
I decided to repair my Amana LWA50AW top loader washer because it has served us well, it is made by Speed Queen and an equal replacement is expensive. These are very dependable washers.
The parts I ordered were: part #R9900552 (hub and seal kit) This kit does not include the Tub or Main bearing!!! Nor the drive belt!!! The main bearing is what is attacked by the water due to leaks and makes a jet engine sound as the tub spins faster and faster. Any way, the kit should be updated to include these items.
My machine worked great besides the leak and noise.
The repair is fairly simple as it is just disassembly and reassembly.
A person with no DIU experience, might find this repair difficult but anyone with fair DIU experience should have no issues. No specialty tools are required but a large pulley puller and a pipe wrench or large udjustable wrench are needed and available at most auto parts stores, hardware stores and cheaper yet, at Harbor Freight.
Do your research. Look at videos on YouTube specifically search "Speed Queen Transmission". This should give you a good idea. The pulley puller will be needed to remove the Drive Bell and the large wrench for the large nut. A hammer will be usefull if not needed here.
I also used Permatex Ultra black gasket maker to seal the surface between the tub and the Seal.
Don't worry, it will all make sense as you are taking it apart. When you do so, male sure to take pics and keep track of how things go back together.
The tub is balanced by 6 springs. Those are tough to remove. I found it easier to remove the entire outer shell! It is very easy to do, held only by screws at the bottoms. then use a large wrench and pull them up and away from the tub. Same to put back on.
Don't forget: unplug the washer, shut off water supply, remove front Panel, remove entire top with lid (2 screws at each front corner, that's it) then remove the two pipes from the water pump.
When you have removed all the parts from inside the tub, flip it upside down now you will have easy acces to the motor, transmission.
The pump must come off for the belt to go on.
Allow the sealant you used to dry overnight before starting a load.
Hope this helped someone! Good luck!
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