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Strange grinding noise
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Post# 509464   4/5/2011 at 13:13 (4,850 days old) by Hunter (Colorado)        

Folks, a request:  My washer is making a strange grinding noise.  I've had the guys out to look at it; they replaced the motor.  (I was thinking struts).  Well, the motor was not as good as it should have been and the new one IS working better.  But it is still..grinding.


This is a whirlpool front loader (sorry don't remember the model).  I've attached a sound file that demonstrates the noise (if you can differentiate).


Any ideas what it could be?




[followup:  my .m4a file didn't upload.  If someone is kind enough to want to review it, I'll email it to you as I don't have a publicly accessible file folder.]

Post# 509468 , Reply# 1   4/5/2011 at 13:27 (4,850 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Is there a particular phase of the cycle that the griding noise begins or is more pronounced?


Sounds like it could be the pump if the sounds are coming during the pump-drain phases.


Post# 509469 , Reply# 2   4/5/2011 at 13:33 (4,850 days old) by Hunter (Colorado)        
it's actually when the machine is agitating.

it's when the machine is agitating, not filling or emptying.

Post# 509479 , Reply# 3   4/5/2011 at 14:31 (4,850 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Is it more pronounced during a spin cycle?

Post# 509487 , Reply# 4   4/5/2011 at 15:05 (4,850 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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When I had my KitchenAid front loaders, a friend's bra strap got caught inbetween the inner and outer tubs. It took a few loads to loosen it enough and it eventually broke down into small particles that went into the button catcher where I was able to remove it. It sounds to me like you have something either caught inbetween the tubs or something like a screw stuck in one of the tub perferations.I would get a flashlight and check all the holes in the tub first.

Post# 509488 , Reply# 5   4/5/2011 at 15:06 (4,850 days old) by Hunter (Colorado)        
not during spin

Doesn't seem to make a sound during spin.


I'll check about the foreign object.

Post# 509496 , Reply# 6   4/5/2011 at 16:05 (4,850 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
if this happens to me in a few years from now

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if ever this happens to me in a few years from now for me in my case i would buy a brand new washer dryer set as it would be a better option than a repair and a better option for me as well but it might be a top load washer as front loaders are way out of my price range.

Post# 509504 , Reply# 7   4/5/2011 at 16:32 (4,850 days old) by Hunter (Colorado)        
well I have an extended warranty

And I will call and get it looked at much as I need to.

Post# 509617 , Reply# 8   4/6/2011 at 02:08 (4,849 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

Grindng noise on modern washers mean:
"Hey, my manufacturer needs more money! Please let me die! I've reached my expiration date and i'm going to self destruct!"

Post# 509635 , Reply# 9   4/6/2011 at 05:26 (4,849 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        
In my Haynes manual it says that ...

-It could be the bearings
-The motor brushes
-damage to the drum

From aquarius8000 (Chris)

Post# 509813 , Reply# 10   4/6/2011 at 20:28 (4,848 days old) by Hunter (Colorado)        
They replaced the motor

They did replace the motor and it works MUCH better than before.

Damage to the drum is possible.

Post# 509815 , Reply# 11   4/6/2011 at 20:34 (4,848 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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if its the drum a whirlpool tech might tell you to clearly replace the washer as i doubt that they would repair the machine?

Post# 509945 , Reply# 12   4/7/2011 at 07:48 (4,848 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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The drum, spider, bearings & water seal have no connection to the motor on a WP FL washer and problems with these items will not cause motor problems [ unless water is leaking from the main shaft area on the motor ] so you could have a separate problem. To everyone it is very difficult to diagnose problems on the internet and much more so if you don't give out the model and serial #s thanks.

Post# 510025 , Reply# 13   4/7/2011 at 16:36 (4,848 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
me i think that this is impossible to fix

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me i think that this is impossible to fix so i would think of buying a brand new washer dryer set even if you call a tech warrenty or not the tech will tell you to buy a new washer its sad but its through

Post# 510029 , Reply# 14   4/7/2011 at 17:00 (4,848 days old) by hoover1100 (U.K.)        
If the grinding

Is most pronounced at the start of the drum revolving, it could possibly be a worn or damaged belt, which would be very cheap and easy to replace.


Post# 510060 , Reply# 15   4/7/2011 at 19:57 (4,847 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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I have never heard a belt on a FL washer make a GRINDING noise ?

Post# 510063 , Reply# 16   4/7/2011 at 20:05 (4,847 days old) by 3beltwesty ()

"remove the lower access panel and unplug the pump then start the spinn cycle, if it still loud the pump is not the issue"


Post# 510079 , Reply# 17   4/7/2011 at 20:39 (4,847 days old) by hoover1100 (U.K.)        
Grinding noise

Perhaps not necessarily grinding, but I've know them to make a sort of scraping noise.

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