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Post# 485675   1/1/2011 at 15:43 (4,726 days old) by spinspeed (Far North New South Wales Australia (originally London UK))        

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I just took my F&P 5kg TL washer out of storage and hooked it up and did a load in it. Works perfectly except that during agitation in wash and rinse cycle it bangs rhythmically. Looks like the outer tub is moving back and forth too much. All the suspension rods are in place and I can't see why it would be doing this. Anyone have any ideas I would be really greatful


Post# 485682 , Reply# 1   1/1/2011 at 16:21 (4,726 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Pop the top and check if the bias spring that runs from the left-front suspension strut to the tub ring is missing or loose.  It functions to reduce tub oscillation during agitation.

Post# 485772 , Reply# 2   1/2/2011 at 00:00 (4,725 days old) by spinspeed (Far North New South Wales Australia (originally London UK))        
F&P Smart Drive making banging noise

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Thanks DADoES,

Suggestion really appreciated, however just worked out what the problem was, I very stupidly had not removed the transit restraint under the tub. I have no recollection of putting it back when I put the machine in to storage over 4 years ago. Since removing it, it works like a dream, so whisper quiet.

Post# 486887 , Reply# 3   1/7/2011 at 00:22 (4,720 days old) by spinmon (st. charles mo )        

I'm sorry,but going by this pic & others I've seen of F&P's,they are VERY cheaply made for what you pay.IMO. Can't bring myself to spend the money on one,even though the agitator style KM branded intrigued me for awhile.

Post# 486913 , Reply# 4   1/7/2011 at 05:37 (4,720 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The specimen in the pic above is now 11+ years old (bought summer of 1999) and still going along fine with no repairs.

Post# 487104 , Reply# 5   1/7/2011 at 19:26 (4,720 days old) by spinspeed (Far North New South Wales Australia (originally London UK))        

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I have 2 F&P TL washers. Compared to the more robust models from the US they do appear to be cheaply made. They are not very heavy at all and the suspension looks frail. Having said that both machines work very well and handle big full loads really well. Compared to my Maytag Atlantis they are years ahead as far as technology goes, I am very impressed with them and would always recommend F&P washers

Post# 487191 , Reply# 6   1/7/2011 at 23:28 (4,719 days old) by spinmon (st. charles mo )        
well,ok then!

Good to hear they DO hold up. Do you guys have the agitator or impeller type?

Post# 487201 , Reply# 7   1/7/2011 at 23:56 (4,719 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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As I've yammered about on here often enough, I have two F&P washers (GWL08 & IWL12) ... and a traditional frontload (GE-sourced) dryer (DE04), a topload dryer (DEGX1), and a DishDrawer (DD603). None of the machines have needed repairs.

Anyways, the washers (or at least my two) are robust enough to handle 1010 RPM spin without failures for 11+ years and 6+ years, or thereabouts depending on how many loads were at normal spin and how many were at slower speeds.

They're also fun and interesting to run what with the technology as SpinSpeed mentioned above -- variable agitator actions in response to fabric movement, direct-drive stepper motor, automatic water level sensing, automatic fabric sensing for agitation speed, recirculation shower wash action, and choice of shower rinsing.

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