Washing machine drum has seized solid, no movement at all.
Unfortunately the outer casing back is welded in place, not
unscrewable, making drum removal practically impossible as far as I
can see. Theres a 7" or so porthole in the back where the drum main
Is it possible to replace this main bearing from this porthole, ie
without removing or opening the drum? If so I'm in luck. If not, any
other ideas welcome! I've repaired washing machines but havent done
bearing replacement before.
Its a Hotpoint Ultima WM71, European style front loader.
Also any recommendations on part suppliers would be good, as I dont
fix washers for a living. I'm in Britain.
On Tue, 13 Jan 2004 16:48:19 UTC, email@example.com (N. Thornton)
I did the bearings on a slightly older (I think) Hotpiint. The porthole
is necessary for bearing access, but the drum came out the front.
This is what I did, but it may be different for you. Worth a go...very
satisfying DIY I thought.
Remove top, timer knob (in my case, anyway) and release door seal clamp.
Remove soap drawer and undo screws inside cavity that hold front panel
on. Also remove other front panel screws. Remove front panel.
At this point I undid the clips that hold the front of the outer 'tub'
on, and removed said front complete with door seal. Drum exposed.
Removed drive belt, jammed drum at back and undid large nut (LH thread I
think). Drum then slid (OK, banged) out of front.
More of story by email if you like!
I found the Haynes manual useful (really!).
I had a hell of a time figuring this out, but the whole entire top/front
comes off my mom's washer, it's a top loader but you may find yours has a
similar setup, it was not at all intuitive as I was experienced with the
type where the back comes off.
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