I have a six year old Whirlpool Washer. I noticed one side of the upper
balance ring seems separated from the top of the inner basket. There was a
clip laying in the bottom of the tb. The washer seems to work all right as
long as i do fairly small loads. I haven't figured out an easy way to
reattach the clip or even if i need to.
There's not a really easy way to reattach these clips. Whirlpool
has had some problems with these. I've been trying to locate
the service bulletin on it, but can't come up with it at the moment.
They've come out with a redesigned clip that holds the balance
ring more tightly. The part number I have here is 8519815, but I
can't tell if that's the orignal or improved version.
Keep an eye on this. If any more clips come off, you'll have to pull
the ring and reattach, bending the clips tighter - or ordering the
new ones. There were 8 clips used on most models, and if more
than two come off, you'll have further problems with this.
Strangely, the way they're currently priced, it's actually cheaper to
buy the balance ring as an assy, which comes with the clips, than
to buy the clips separately.
The cabinet gets pulled (not as hard as it sounds) and, once the tub
ring's off (also not that difficult), it's pretty easy to see how these
Let me know if this happens and you need to do this. I'll be happy
to walk you through it. Just be sure to include your model number,
located on a tag under the lid.
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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