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Post# 932406   4/14/2017 at 17:31 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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As you may have noticed from the previous thread, Richard brought down the AEG twintub as a restoration project. I've put the link in from when he first got it. It had tripped out the electrics due to a leak from the spinner. We had a look at it last weekend and discovered the bellows had split and that was as far as we got. Anyway, I had another look - here's the machine with the front panel off showing the direct drive motor on the spinner


Post# 932408 , Reply# 1   4/14/2017 at 17:35 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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Here's the photo we took last week of the split bellows.

Post# 932411 , Reply# 2   4/14/2017 at 17:38 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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We decided that the spin can had to come out to access this properly and in order to do this the centre post where the rinse water passes through. It has flat edges which indicates that it is screwed on

Post# 932412 , Reply# 3   4/14/2017 at 17:39 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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Here you can see the flat edges at the base

Post# 932413 , Reply# 4   4/14/2017 at 17:46 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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Try as I might, I couldn't find anything to get a good grip on this so out came the angle grinder ........ and an adjustable spanner was shortened - the theory behind that a few taps with a hammer would loosen it off. However no amount of tapping has so far worked so I'm a bit stumped.

Post# 932415 , Reply# 5   4/14/2017 at 17:52 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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I then turned my attention to the underside in the hope that there might be a coupling between the motor and spin shaft. I loosened the motor and discovered that not only had the seal split, but the can has a split in it too - there was quite a bit of loose corrosion in the outer can from the outset

Post# 932417 , Reply# 6   4/14/2017 at 17:53 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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Here's a clearer shot of the split can

Post# 932418 , Reply# 7   4/14/2017 at 17:57 by sesteve (London, UK)        

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Not a show stopper thanks to this stuff but unless I can get the spin can out I'm not sure how to get this sorted. Anyone had any experience of getting the tube out and the can out? Any other suggestions much appreciated.
Cheers S

Post# 932495 , Reply# 8   4/15/2017 at 05:30 by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Hi Steve

what about trying a tap (as in sink taps) spanner/wrench to use on the rinse tube, do you think the thread at the bottom of the rinse tube is sealed from the tube or is the tube just threaded, just wondering if dropping penetrating oil down the tube would do anything, but I can see how the spin drum is in the way of the repairs.

What sort of diameters are the hole in the outer tub and the seal around the shaft, just to look out for something that may do.


Post# 932746 , Reply# 9   4/16/2017 at 13:17 by triumphdolomite (Staffs(UK))        

It's not a left hand thread to stop it undoing when spinning is it?

Post# 932754 , Reply# 10   4/16/2017 at 14:21 by ricky5050 (Durham Britain)        
Well done Steve

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I saw this in B n Q and thought of you! Good luck

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Post# 932776 , Reply# 11   4/16/2017 at 16:17 by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Hi Steve.

Aluminium mesh and Chemical Metal - the way some of my machines are, I too am going to have to become friends with these two items (under the watchful eyes of experts though).
So many weepy / leaky tubs :-(

Good luck with the rebuild.


Post# 933152 , Reply# 12   4/18/2017 at 15:16 by Sesteve (London, UK)        

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Thanks for the suggestions guys

Mathew - I did think of the spanner that Richard is suggesting but the nut diameter is 38mm and most of these don't open to that width. I've tried looking down the inside of the tube but there are cross bits in there so you can only see halfway down. If you feel the bottom of the tube there is a slight gap between it and the spin can base. I can give the penetrating oil a go. I was looking at some photos of other AEG twinnies without the tube and the design of the can looks the same and has a single central nut so it seems this has to be the way the drum is held in. I'm assuming there is some kind of screwed bush under the nut which the tube screws onto. I haven't checked the diameter of the bellows yet but will let you know. I'm hoping someone might have some AEG service info somewhere 🤞

Ian - I had thought the same thing. I should have checked which way the can span before I stripped it - schoolboy error on my part.

Paul - I've never used this stuff before so it will be a new experience and learning curve so I'm hoping I manage to get as far as to be able to give it a try.


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