Our Kenmore (made by Frigidaire) front-loading washer (417.41142000) is
now very noisy while spinning, and I suspect that the bearing is
crapping out -- and, no, we have never used non-HE detergent in it.
The bearing is available from Sears or the other appliance parts vendors
only as part of a whole shell-and-bearing assembly costing $150 or more
(plus expensive shipping because of its size).
1. Is a suitable bearing in fact available from, e.g., an engineering
2. Is replacing the bearing (and, if push comes to shove, the whole
shell-and-bearing assembly) all that is needed? Or is it probably
necessary to replace the tub as well (about the same price again)
because the shaft will have suffered damage too?