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Zanussi FC1200W Bearing Change
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Post# 559894   11/28/2011 at 11:18 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

OK People i have now started the bearing change on the zanussi Studio Machine, And will upload photos as long as this computer keeps working right for once. If not my fist might have to deal with it. Its so slow tonight... (I am not Violant)

Post# 559895 , Reply# 1   11/28/2011 at 11:20 (4,395 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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I would like to see this, may be a tad different to those on a full size machine!


Post# 559896 , Reply# 2   11/28/2011 at 11:20 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
Power Switches

Looking at the mains plugs and door lock lamp...

Post# 559897 , Reply# 3   11/28/2011 at 11:21 (4,395 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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Very nice!

What specifications does this have?

Post# 559898 , Reply# 4   11/28/2011 at 11:22 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
Unplugging The Timer

Photo Of the timer before i unwired it...

Post# 559899 , Reply# 5   11/28/2011 at 11:24 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

This machine was built in 1994 (As Far As I Know)
The maximum spin speed is 1200RPM Or a Slow Spin of either 400, or 600RPM. Temperature ranges from Cold to 90C. More To Follow...

Post# 559900 , Reply# 6   11/28/2011 at 11:26 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
The Door Interlock

Photo Of the interlock...

Post# 559902 , Reply# 7   11/28/2011 at 11:29 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
The Door Boot / Seal

While she was still standing, i unclipped the door boot and folded it inside the drum. Looks like i will be doing alot of cleaning work on this...

Post# 559903 , Reply# 8   11/28/2011 at 11:31 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
Unplugging The Heater Element

Photo Of the heater element.

Post# 559904 , Reply# 9   11/28/2011 at 11:33 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
The Pressure Switch (I Think)

As i am learning as i go along, i am not sure weather this is the pressure switch. I am sure it is.

Post# 559905 , Reply# 10   11/28/2011 at 11:36 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
The Motor Out OF The Machine.

Now come the sockets. This motor is fitted with a digital taco and is whisper quiet!

Post# 559906 , Reply# 11   11/28/2011 at 11:38 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
Out Comes The Tub!

The outer tub out of the shell. Lots of bruises, lots of pain, but i managed to do it in the end following a battle from the counterweight.

Post# 559910 , Reply# 12   11/28/2011 at 11:43 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
More To Follow...

That's It For Now, more to follow soon. Meanwhile i have cleaned out the pump somp, and the soap draw. What this guy washed in this machine, i had to get 3 washing up bowel-fulls of hot water to soak out that muck.

Who ever designed this soap draw, it took me over an hour to clean it, silly shape compartmants, i had to get a toothbrush to get into all the silly corners and soaked it in bleach for some time to get rid of the mould. that is my only complaint with it so far...

Anyway, more to come later this weekend, if i remember...

Post# 559911 , Reply# 13   11/28/2011 at 11:45 (4,395 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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Do you have a picture of the difficult-to-clean draw?


Post# 559912 , Reply# 14   11/28/2011 at 11:58 (4,395 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

Thankyou for commenting on this post. Unfortunatly i havn't got a photo of the draw just yet, but hoping to upload a photo of it soon... I Am hoping to be able to aquire a hotpoint WM51 First Edition, Not sure yet, but if i dont get it i will grab one from taylors electricals. They usually throw alot of stuff out so i can just grab one from there. If i'm lucky i might be able to grab one of the early hotpoints e.g 95620 etc... Thanks!

Post# 559919 , Reply# 15   11/28/2011 at 12:13 (4,394 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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Wait, a shop near you throws out old and vintage washers?

Lucky you!


Post# 562614 , Reply# 16   12/11/2011 at 11:14 (4,382 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

I have completed the bearing change on the zanussi, opened up a youtube account to upload videos on, and did some last minute checks...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO henrypeter21's LINK

Post# 562617 , Reply# 17   12/11/2011 at 11:25 (4,382 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        
The First Wash

Put the last few connections on and then hooked the drain hose up, set up the garden hose and plug in the power. I was not expecting much, but the door lock light came on and the water valves started an Energized, filled to the original water level this machine had, valves shut off and then the Motor turned. I was in heaven watching it, but now for the bad news, the heater isn't working. i installed a new thermostat as i cut the capillery of the old one by accident. Then came the first interim spin, i did not know that the motor would spin without a little hand, and she sure does fly, there is some power in that motor. The first rinse came, and the water level filled to the same level as the wash, just above the bottom of the door. this repeated for the final rinse, again another problem, the fabric conditioner woudn't work, so that needs looking at. The final spin went very well and not a sound throughout the cycle. So overall I rate it 8/10. Still some improvements but they can be done when i get round to it. Anyway, will upload videos soon.

Post# 563011 , Reply# 18   12/13/2011 at 12:16 (4,379 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        


This machine is not from 1994. It is from 2003-2008.

The Zanussi compact studio from 1994 looked something like this.

Post# 563046 , Reply# 19   12/13/2011 at 17:10 (4,379 days old) by SuperElectronic (London, UK)        
no conditioner fill...

...From your first and second pictures it looks like the water is diverted to different sections of the dispenser by a mechical arm linked to the programmer. This was quite a common setup in European machines. You may have just disloged it somehow in the overhall.

Just thought I'd mention it in case you're off on a hunt for an electrical fault. You may already be well aware!

Post# 563259 , Reply# 20   12/14/2011 at 14:26 (4,378 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

Thankyou all for commanting on this thread. "Aqaurius8000" Thankyou for letting me know about that, i will be looking that up at one point, just read it from a manual. "SuperElectronic" Thanks for letting me know about that, we electronically tested it before we plugged her in for the first time, and my hair has not gone curly so thats ok. I have uploaded lots of new videos on my youtube channel of the machine, you can view them on this link:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO henrypeter21's LINK

Post# 564444 , Reply# 21   12/21/2011 at 04:35 (4,372 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

Filling for the Main Wash...

Post# 564445 , Reply# 22   12/21/2011 at 04:39 (4,372 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

The high water level on the main wash and rinses...

Post# 565261 , Reply# 23   12/26/2011 at 09:51 (4,367 days old) by henrypeter21 ()        

Ok Today i had to perform some last minute surgery on the zanussi, which had a problem with the timer. So off with the top, and found that i put the wrong bolt on the timer to hold it in place. I have now replaced the bolt and will do a wash in it soon to see if it still works properly.

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