Zanussi washing machine - drum question

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Beemer, May 16, 2008.

  1. Beemer

    Beemer Guest

    My daughter's ten year old Zanussi front loading washing machine (model ?)
    has a loose stainless steel drum. Holding the drive wheel with one hand
    and with the other hand inside the door I can move the drum up and down
    without feeling any movement at the wheel. For this reason I am guessing
    that the shaft bearing is okay.

    Can anyone advise me whether there are bolts somewhere that I could tighten
    and is this a major strip down?

    reagrds,

    Beemer
     
    Beemer, May 16, 2008
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  2. "Beemer" <> wrote in message
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    > My daughter's ten year old Zanussi front loading washing machine
    > (model ?) has a loose stainless steel drum. Holding the drive wheel
    > with one hand and with the other hand inside the door I can move the
    > drum up and down without feeling any movement at the wheel. For
    > this reason I am guessing that the shaft bearing is okay.
    >
    > Can anyone advise me whether there are bolts somewhere that I could
    > tighten and is this a major strip down?
    >

    Sounds like the main bearings have collapsed, not usually a job for DIY
    as there are numerous permutations of how the bearings are fitted, even
    with the same manufacturer, also a new water seal will be needed to
    prevent water getting into the new bearings, and if everything is not
    reassembled spot on, water will get into the new bearings anyway,
    ruining them.
     
    Harry Stottle, May 16, 2008
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  3. In article <DEdXj.4337$>,
    "Beemer" <> writes:
    > My daughter's ten year old Zanussi front loading washing machine (model ?)
    > has a loose stainless steel drum. Holding the drive wheel with one hand
    > and with the other hand inside the door I can move the drum up and down
    > without feeling any movement at the wheel. For this reason I am guessing
    > that the shaft bearing is okay.
    >
    > Can anyone advise me whether there are bolts somewhere that I could tighten
    > and is this a major strip down?


    If I understand correctly, you are saying the drum is loose
    on the drum shaft, and not the drum shaft is loose in the bearing?
    In my Hotpoint, the inner end of the drum shaft has a 3-prong spider
    which bolts at the 3 ends to the back of the drum. If I understand
    your description correctly, and if the Zanussi is built the same way,
    that would imply one of more of these bolts have come loose. In the
    Hotpoint, you have to take the drum out to do that. You might find
    the inner spider has fractured, but I would imagine rather more dire
    consequences if that had happened, such as a catastrophic failure
    when spinning.

    --
    Andrew Gabriel
    [email address is not usable -- followup in the newsgroup]
     
    Andrew Gabriel, May 16, 2008
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  4. Beemer

    Beemer Guest

    "Andrew Gabriel" <> wrote in message
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    > In article <DEdXj.4337$>,
    > "Beemer" <> writes:
    >> My daughter's ten year old Zanussi front loading washing machine (model
    >> ?)
    >> has a loose stainless steel drum. Holding the drive wheel with one
    >> hand
    >> and with the other hand inside the door I can move the drum up and down
    >> without feeling any movement at the wheel. For this reason I am
    >> guessing
    >> that the shaft bearing is okay.
    >>
    >> Can anyone advise me whether there are bolts somewhere that I could
    >> tighten
    >> and is this a major strip down?

    >
    > If I understand correctly, you are saying the drum is loose
    > on the drum shaft, and not the drum shaft is loose in the bearing?
    > In my Hotpoint, the inner end of the drum shaft has a 3-prong spider
    > which bolts at the 3 ends to the back of the drum. If I understand
    > your description correctly, and if the Zanussi is built the same way,
    > that would imply one of more of these bolts have come loose. In the
    > Hotpoint, you have to take the drum out to do that. You might find
    > the inner spider has fractured, but I would imagine rather more dire
    > consequences if that had happened, such as a catastrophic failure
    > when spinning.
    >
    > --
    > Andrew Gabriel
    > [email address is not usable -- followup in the newsgroup]


    Andrew,

    Yes you are correct which is why I described how I held the drum and drive
    pulley. I'm going to try to get the model number and then fish around on
    Google for a service manual.

    thanks,

    Beemer
    >
     
    Beemer, May 17, 2008
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  5. "Beemer" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Andrew Gabriel" <> wrote in message
    > news:482dd4ef$0$658$...
    >> In article <DEdXj.4337$>,
    >> "Beemer" <> writes:
    >>> My daughter's ten year old Zanussi front loading washing machine
    >>> (model ?)
    >>> has a loose stainless steel drum. Holding the drive wheel with
    >>> one hand
    >>> and with the other hand inside the door I can move the drum up and
    >>> down
    >>> without feeling any movement at the wheel. For this reason I am
    >>> guessing
    >>> that the shaft bearing is okay.
    >>>
    >>> Can anyone advise me whether there are bolts somewhere that I could
    >>> tighten
    >>> and is this a major strip down?

    >>
    >> If I understand correctly, you are saying the drum is loose
    >> on the drum shaft, and not the drum shaft is loose in the bearing?
    >> In my Hotpoint, the inner end of the drum shaft has a 3-prong spider
    >> which bolts at the 3 ends to the back of the drum. If I understand
    >> your description correctly, and if the Zanussi is built the same way,
    >> that would imply one of more of these bolts have come loose. In the
    >> Hotpoint, you have to take the drum out to do that. You might find
    >> the inner spider has fractured, but I would imagine rather more dire
    >> consequences if that had happened, such as a catastrophic failure
    >> when spinning.
    >>

    >
    > Yes you are correct which is why I described how I held the drum and
    > drive pulley. I'm going to try to get the model number and then fish
    > around on Google for a service manual.
    >

    It is easy to test if the bearings have gone, just open the door of the
    machine, spin the drum by hand, and if you hear a rumbling sound, the
    bearings will have most definitely gone. There are normally two sets of
    bearings on the inner drum shaft, and it is usually the inner bearings
    that go, so you can get more play on the inside than the outside. A
    spider breaking is not unknown, but is a lot lot less likely than the
    bearings, and usually involves replacing the bearings anyway, some are
    even sold as complete units, and others advise changing the spider if
    changing the bearings. The chance of bolts needing tightening after 10
    years is not even worth considering, although I have known the bolts to
    rust away, but again, a very rare occurrence.
     
    Harry Stottle, May 17, 2008
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  6. Beemer

    Beemer Guest

    Harry,

    thanks,

    Beemer
    "Harry Stottle" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Beemer" <> wrote in message
    > news:2twXj.4809$...
    >>
    >> "Andrew Gabriel" <> wrote in message
    >> news:482dd4ef$0$658$...
    >>> In article <DEdXj.4337$>,
    >>> "Beemer" <> writes:
    >>>> My daughter's ten year old Zanussi front loading washing machine
    >>>> (model ?)
    >>>> has a loose stainless steel drum. Holding the drive wheel with
    >>>> one hand
    >>>> and with the other hand inside the door I can move the drum up and
    >>>> down
    >>>> without feeling any movement at the wheel. For this reason I am
    >>>> guessing
    >>>> that the shaft bearing is okay.
    >>>>
    >>>> Can anyone advise me whether there are bolts somewhere that I could
    >>>> tighten
    >>>> and is this a major strip down?
    >>>
    >>> If I understand correctly, you are saying the drum is loose
    >>> on the drum shaft, and not the drum shaft is loose in the bearing?
    >>> In my Hotpoint, the inner end of the drum shaft has a 3-prong spider
    >>> which bolts at the 3 ends to the back of the drum. If I understand
    >>> your description correctly, and if the Zanussi is built the same way,
    >>> that would imply one of more of these bolts have come loose. In the
    >>> Hotpoint, you have to take the drum out to do that. You might find
    >>> the inner spider has fractured, but I would imagine rather more dire
    >>> consequences if that had happened, such as a catastrophic failure
    >>> when spinning.
    >>>

    >>
    >> Yes you are correct which is why I described how I held the drum and
    >> drive pulley. I'm going to try to get the model number and then fish
    >> around on Google for a service manual.
    >>

    > It is easy to test if the bearings have gone, just open the door of the
    > machine, spin the drum by hand, and if you hear a rumbling sound, the
    > bearings will have most definitely gone. There are normally two sets of
    > bearings on the inner drum shaft, and it is usually the inner bearings
    > that go, so you can get more play on the inside than the outside. A spider
    > breaking is not unknown, but is a lot lot less likely than the bearings,
    > and usually involves replacing the bearings anyway, some are even sold as
    > complete units, and others advise changing the spider if changing the
    > bearings. The chance of bolts needing tightening after 10 years is not
    > even worth considering, although I have known the bolts to rust away, but
    > again, a very rare occurrence.
    >
    >
    >
     
    Beemer, May 18, 2008
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