Washing machine making a loud noise only on spin

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by James Onslow, May 3, 2004.

  1. James Onslow

    James Onslow Guest

    Hi,

    My 5 yr old Creda w/m works fine except when it's on the last fast
    spin. Once it gets to this it makes an awful "clackety, clackety" -
    knocking sound which probably everyone in the whole block of flats can
    hear.

    I have taken all the panels off. There seems to be no play in the drum
    or the motor. The fan belt is pretty tight. The spider looks fine. The
    concrete blocks are all secure. The suspension rods look fine (but
    that's as far as i could check with them). I got in the drum (as far
    as possible anyway!) but I cannot see anything between the two drums.
    So now I am stuck.

    The noise seems to start as the machine picks up to a very high spin
    but occasionally it seems to 'knock itself out' and sometimes stops
    and the spin finishes quietly. It does sound as if there maybe
    something loose.

    There is a tiny bit of brown on the outer drum below the bearings but
    not a great deal.

    Can anyone help at all?

    Many thanks, James
     
    James Onslow, May 3, 2004
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  2. James Onslow

    Brian Guest

    "James Onslow" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > My 5 yr old Creda w/m works fine except when it's on the last fast
    > spin. Once it gets to this it makes an awful "clackety, clackety" -
    > knocking sound which probably everyone in the whole block of flats can
    > hear.
    >
    > I have taken all the panels off. There seems to be no play in the drum
    > or the motor. The fan belt is pretty tight. The spider looks fine. The
    > concrete blocks are all secure. The suspension rods look fine (but
    > that's as far as i could check with them). I got in the drum (as far
    > as possible anyway!) but I cannot see anything between the two drums.
    > So now I am stuck.
    >
    > The noise seems to start as the machine picks up to a very high spin
    > but occasionally it seems to 'knock itself out' and sometimes stops
    > and the spin finishes quietly. It does sound as if there maybe
    > something loose.
    >
    > There is a tiny bit of brown on the outer drum below the bearings but
    > not a great deal.
    >
    > Can anyone help at all?
    >
    > Many thanks, James


    Probably one of the springs has broken. There should be two springs from
    the top of the drum, one to the front of the machine and one to the back.
    I temporarily fixed mine once using a short elastic luggage strap.
    Trust this helps
    Brian
     
    Brian, May 3, 2004
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  3. James Onslow

    Chris O Guest

    There was a thread on something similar back around mid March - see
    following link :-
    http://groups.google.co.uk/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&threadm=c34coe
    %242c4djd%241%40athena.ex.ac.uk&rnum=1&prev=/groups%3Fq%3D%2522washing%2Bmac
    hine%2522%2Bgrindng%2B%2Bgroup:uk.d-i-y%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%
    3DUTF-8%26group%3Duk.d-i-y%26selm%3Dc34coe%25242c4djd%25241%2540athena.ex.ac
    ..uk%26rnum%3D1

    Several of the replies suggested something like the following
    _________________________________________________________________
    > > i have a 18-month old Hotpoint Aquarius (WMA36). Until recently it was
    > > reasonably quiet, but during the spin it now has become very noisy. It

    now
    > > makes quite a loud "grinding" noise when it spins - a sort of

    metal-on-metal
    > > noise. Also, when you rotate the drum manually i can hear a sort of
    > > "rachet/clicking" noise as the drum turns.
    > >
    > > Anyone got any thoughts as to what it is likely to be? Dodgy bearings,
    > > brushes, motor..???

    >
    >

    At the risk of sounding obvious, the only time that this happened to me was
    when a nail fell out of a pocket and went through one of the drum drain
    holes and jammed there scraping on the outer drum. The same effect can be
    got from coins, bra wires or other hardware. You may have to remove the seal
    and look with a torch, but I would check this before dismantling more of the
    machine!
    ___________________________________________________________-

    HTH

    Chris O


    "James Onslow" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > My 5 yr old Creda w/m works fine except when it's on the last fast
    > spin. Once it gets to this it makes an awful "clackety, clackety" -
    > knocking sound which probably everyone in the whole block of flats can
    > hear.
    >
    > I have taken all the panels off. There seems to be no play in the drum
    > or the motor. The fan belt is pretty tight. The spider looks fine. The
    > concrete blocks are all secure. The suspension rods look fine (but
    > that's as far as i could check with them). I got in the drum (as far
    > as possible anyway!) but I cannot see anything between the two drums.
    > So now I am stuck.
    >
    > The noise seems to start as the machine picks up to a very high spin
    > but occasionally it seems to 'knock itself out' and sometimes stops
    > and the spin finishes quietly. It does sound as if there maybe
    > something loose.
    >
    > There is a tiny bit of brown on the outer drum below the bearings but
    > not a great deal.
    >
    > Can anyone help at all?
    >
    > Many thanks, James
     
    Chris O, May 3, 2004
    #3
  4. In article <>,
    James Onslow <> wrote:

    > My 5 yr old Creda w/m works fine except when it's on the last
    > fast spin. Once it gets to this it makes an awful "clackety,
    > clackety" - knocking sound which probably everyone in the whole
    > block of flats can hear.

    [snip]
    > The noise seems to start as the machine picks up to a very high
    > spin but occasionally it seems to 'knock itself out' and
    > sometimes stops and the spin finishes quietly. It does sound as
    > if there maybe something loose.


    Our Hoover recently did something similar, a nasty
    clackety noise at the back end of the spin. Turned
    out to be curtain hooks inside the drain pump, no
    noise at all whilst the pump had water to pump, but
    rattling against the impellor during the last spin
    when the pump was spinning dry.

    --
    Tony Williams.
     
    Tony Williams, May 4, 2004
    #4
  5. James Onslow

    N. Thornton Guest

    (James Onslow) wrote in message news:<>...
    > Hi,
    >
    > My 5 yr old Creda w/m works fine except when it's on the last fast
    > spin. Once it gets to this it makes an awful "clackety, clackety" -
    > knocking sound which probably everyone in the whole block of flats can
    > hear.


    One more possible explanation: Usually you get 2 springs holding the
    top of the drum. If either spring reaches the point where it
    momentarily stops being in tension, it makes a hell of a noise, out of
    all proportion to its little size. 2 causes for this:
    1. out of balance load - will happen just once or twice
    2. shock absorbers deteriorating - solution add some DIY shock
    absorbtion to the springs
    3. Design feature/ limitation - solution as 2.


    Regards, NT
     
    N. Thornton, May 6, 2004
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