Driveshaft bearings and seal were wornout washer was very loud during spin cycle had small leak from outer tub shaft seal
Christopher S. • Westminster, MD • March 27, 2015
Appliance: Model MVWB705BW
My Repair & Advice
Posted my problem on APP's Question and Answer Forum. Was concerned about liquid trapped in top and bottom plastic rings of SS laundry basket when I removed it. Was advised by APP's tech service this was normal and is added during manufacturing to add weight to improve efficiency of spin cycle. I purchased and replaced the outer tub with a new shaft, bearings and seal already assembled (about the same price as purchasing shaft/bearing/seal assembly and installation tool without the tub). Whole job was about 6-8 hours including thorough cleaning of dust, dirt and sludge from parts I reused and cabinet interior. Advise checking/cleaning pump inlets/outlets/hoses while you have everything apart. Most difficult part was removing the laundry basket from the drive shaft because worn bearings ruined seal allowing water to be trapped between bearings and badly rusted the shaft. Had another person lift up on the basket to add about 20 or 30lbs pre-load on the bearings while I drove the shaft down with a 2ft long pce of 2 x4 (to protect shaft end) and a 3lb mall. Accomplished this while outer tub was still suspended in washer cabinet. You will have to remove the motor rotor from the old drive shaft and unbolt the motor winding from the old tub to reuse. Be careful to support the winding when removing so as to protect the attached wires and quick connector. Fairly easy to do, just be patient and don't rush. Ordered parts on Monday and received next day with standard shipping. Also replaced plastic drive hub that was worn through on SS thrust washer. Repair is complete, washer has worked flawlessly and quietly through several full loads. Many thanks to the helpful folks at APP. Total cost of repair parts was about $215 with shipping. Not too bad for $700 machine that's 6yrs old.
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