Help. Washing machine rocks violently, the bucket inside flops around

I have a Whirlpool washer. I read posts on Washer vibrations. This is not what I am saying. I have a problem with the inside "buckets" rocks violently. A repairman says that it was because of too many towels. I have seen the same problem with no towels and also with a small load.
However, the problem does not occur all the time. It does occur during the cycle, when it is trying to spin after water is gone. Is this called the spin cycle?
This is not a problem with just the floor vibrating. The washer actually can rock up and down. From side to side. The washer is 12 years old.
Thanks much,
Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC Author of POWER TIPS FOR THE APPLE NEWTON and INTRODUCTION TO CSP Author of RECRUITSOURCE PEOPLESOFT EXAM and RECRUITSOURCE SAP/R3 EXAM
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Hi,

Model#? http://www.applianceaid.com/model.html Some model# helps.

Did he/she suggest a solution? Loose inner basket?

Intermittant problem are the worst :(

Spin cycle, yes.

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My model # of whirpool washer is:
LA5508XT
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Have you tried leveling it? Go ahead and place a level across the top and adjust, then fore to aft. Tom Someday, it'll all be over....
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Some that I found close... LA5500XTW0 LA5500XTW1 LA5500XTM0 LA5500XTM1 LA5500XTN0 LA5500XTN1
Had trouble with that "8".
Tub is off center: Check the suspension springs and the rear counter balance spring.- Make sure all are attached. The rear spring hooks in a hole on the back of the base. Sometimes this hole rusts through. Simply drill a new hole in the base right next to the other hole. EXCESSIVE VIBRATION OR MACHINE WALKS: Not level. Front leveling leg locknuts not tight. Weak floor.- Try it on a concrete slab Unbalanced load. Tank cover is loose. Shipping pins still in shipping location. (not dropped into retaining cups) Rear leveling legs stuck. Rear cabinet sides loose. Suspension plate pads worn - Replace Suspension Plate & Base Pads Suspension springs missing, broken or not connected. Basket ballast missing (Salt water in plastic inner tub ring leaked out, ring is located around top of inner tub, usually brown in color).- Check for sloshing water sounds as tub stops from spinning Slick ceramic tile floor.
Washer shakes or moves around: Unbalanced load - Move clothes evenly around basket Washer not level - Adjust the front feet and rear leveling feet Weak flooring floor must be solid Gearcase braces loose - Check the five nuts and one bolt and tighten Oil, grease or detergent on Snubber - Check and clean or replace snubber Snubber worn - Check and replace snubber
Since I had trouble with the model#, I copied some belt and non-belt ( direct drive ) WLP washer info.
http://www.applianceaid.com/beltwasher.html http://www.applianceaid.com/direct.html
http://www.applianceaid.com/newpics/which_washer.JPG
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Jeff and Tom,
Thanks for the info.
I will take a look at the laudry list of things to look for.
Much appreciated.
Just so you know. If I do see it rocking, I have tried rebalancing the load to distribute it freely. Does not help.
- Larry
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Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC wrote:

The load is unbalanced. Stop the machine and redistribute the contents more evenly around the drum.
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This has happened on even light loads with no towels.
I don't think it is acceptable that this "violent shaking", where the washer rocks up and down should occur.
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It may not be acceptable to you but that's probably what it is. I used to have a washer that walked across the room when the load was unbalanced. A light load has an good of chance of unbalancing as a heavy one because with a light load can end up with everything on one side of the drum.
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Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC wrote:

So? Doesn't mean it wasn't unbalanced. In fact, it was. If you doubt it, get something - anything, doesn't matter - that spins rapidly around an axis, add a weight to one side and start it spinning. ____________________

You are free to design, manufacturer and sell one that doesn't.
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