This is Model: KAWL410BWHO
Not sure of age, but about 10 years old. Goes wild in spin cycle. Fine
during wash cycle.
It's out of balance in spin, even with no water in it, or clothes. When I
load it up with clothes, it tries to shake itself apart.
Looked under it, the suspension springs are fine and hooked up.
Puzzling thing is a triangular shape part, which does not seem attached to
anything. It's located just under the tub.
Could take a picture, but am not sure it can be attached here.
What should I look for? I'm sure balance questions came up before, but I
can'd find anything useful in web search.
I had exactly the same problem a couple of years ago, after a move,
during which I presume the washer was tilted and/or jarred enough to
throw the balance out of whack.
That triangular-shaped part (let's call it the "tub frame" as I don't
know its real name) is supposed to just "float," retained in place by
the suspension springs that you mentioned. However, it should float
freely, able to move laterally in any direction. In my situation, the
tub was able to move but not as freely as it should have.
In my case it turned out that (if I recall correctly) one of the "tabs"
on the bottom of the tub had caught somewhere on the frame, hindering
the free movement of the tub. This would have required a fair amount of
rotation of the tub; I'm not sure how it happened merely by
transporting the washer, but that's what happened. In any case, I
determined the tub's intended position by finding wear marks on its
underside (it "floats" above some--three, I think--teflon bearings,
which weren't lining up with the wear marks).
Once confirming that the tub was indeed out of alignment, I reseated it
in its original position. I removed the suspension springs in order to
do this, although it may be possible to right the tub without resorting
to such measures.
I've got the thing apart right now because of a different problem, so
if I can be of further assistance, please follow up via e-mail. Good
Washer been moved recently? On a wood or cement floor?
EXCESSIVE VIBRATION OR MACHINE WALKS:
~Front leveling leg locknuts not tight.
~Weak floor.- Try it on a concrete slab
~Shipping pins still in shipping location. (not dropped into retaining
~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
Part of the suspection....
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With the washer in the upright position, I moved the wash tub around
vigoruosly and maybe things fell somewhat in place. It does not shake as
bad. It still does some.
Is there some sort of spec on how much out of balance a new machine can be?
I've not owned a new one in a long time.
This one is good 10 years old and maybe it needs new pads, but I'd hate to
spend the money and time, just to find out that what I have now is "normal"
That's about how much mine wobbles, when it's empty.
Went over to neighbors house and tested the washer in spin, without any
water or load - the thing was in perfect balance. It was a Sears model
about 7 years old.
Thanks for these links Jeff. What are the pads made of? Will putting some
Looking at the second picture, I suspect one of the pads is gone in my case.
I see some bare metal where it should be. Will use mirrors to get a better
look from the bottom.
It's a great lesson for me in washers :-) Used them all my life, but never
looked under one. Well, once :-)
A nylon like material, white ones and brown ones are slightly different
density. Usually clean ( if sticky ) them but no lube.
Pictures of them.
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