Very noisy then ultimately bearing failure and a broken shock mount
Brian B. • Canton, NY • September 23, 2014
Appliance: Model 417.40042990
My Repair & Advice
I watched the video posted by Jerrod Sessler on yellow van handyman.com. Then I had to unstack the dryer from the washer, remove all covers, disconnect all hose connections, shock mounts and springs and remove the tub assembly. Then I disassembled the tub assembly and remove seal and both bearings from the rear half. At this point I cleaned everything. I installed new bearings and seal, installed the basket and assembled both tub halves using a new gasket and silicone, and reinstalled the tub assembly into the washer. I replaced the broken shock mount at this time and reinstalled/reconnected the pump and motor. Then I ran a load of clothes with the covers off. I had to remove and reconnect the coin trap hose because it was leaking. I also took some time to level the machine, check for shaking and make adjustments, and install lock nuts onto the adjustable feet. After this, everything worked perfectly and I can't believe how quiet the machine is. This project took me about eight hours. I was kind of bummed because Jerrod said it would be a two hour job. Unstacking and re-stacking the dryer, cleaning everything and cutting wood 4x4's to height took some time. After I figured how much I paid for parts and subtracted the total from $600 (approximate cost of similar machine on sale), I discovered my labor was worth about $60/hour and I didn't feel so bad. Plus, we didn't want a new machine (this one came with our home when we purchased it) and now it is like the machine we have is better than ever.
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