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Post# 561389   12/5/2011 at 21:33 (4,387 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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Heres some videos guys

I will post them as they upload.

Just wanted to show you the leaking and the noise it makes. Seems to be leaking from a few different points. I used it through two full cycles then stopped it as the spinning was starting to get a wee bit violent lol.

P.S Pardon the rambling on in the video, nasty habit of mine it seems...



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Post# 561453 , Reply# 1   12/6/2011 at 01:47 (4,387 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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Heres the next one of the Drain and Fill period after the wash. machine does one Interim Spin in the drain before the Final Rinse.

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Post# 561460 , Reply# 2   12/6/2011 at 05:34 (4,387 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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Well that last clip answered a question...that this is a 5 rinse machine with only one interim spins.

Later 550's spin after wash and each rinse at maximum revs but only have 3 high level rinses.

Post# 561469 , Reply# 3   12/6/2011 at 07:48 (4,387 days old) by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        

Hi Matty

can we have a vid of final rinse, emptying out, distributing and going in to spin please? (so I can gauge the noise?)

Don't let the machine rock on a wonky floor like that, it is washing machine torture. If you can, adjust the feet to sit level. Otherwise use a wedge of wood to hold it evenly and stop rocking. Absolute level isn't important, but absolutely no rocking is important. These machines can give themselves inside-out dents in the cabinet when the drum bangs around too much.

Leaks - I can see at least two, possibly three leaks.

1. Leaking between backing plate (dull grey metal whole back of drum) and the stainless steel drum (shiny steel sheetmetal.) Covered in my last post in your other thread.

2. Leaking rubber seal where air dome attaches to backing plate. Should be easily repairable by removing the rubber seal, clean it up carefully and thoroughly with a stainless steel scourer (eg: curly girl scourer), then re-glue it to the backing plate. If the rubber seal is stuffed I can send you a good used one. Air dome is below big pulley, leak showing at 5:07 in your first video.

3. I can see a line of water dribbling down from the bearing area of the backing plate. This indicates a failed main drum seal (in between the drum spider and the bearings). There is a weep hole or 2 built in to the backing plate, under the bearing area in the middle. It is designed to drain away any water that sneaks past the main seal and dump it at the back of the machine, to stop it getting in to the bearings. That's the dribble I can see in your video. This seal failure is why the bearings are stuffed - water has got into the bearings. This leak will disappear when you replace the bearings and seal.

4, Washing machine with top open, outside, running, leaking, water around floor and leaking inside machine - please tell me you have it connected to a safety switch??? (Earth Leakage detector) - without one you are at risk of a fatal electric shock in that situation.

Sorry to be a nag but I'd hate you to get zapped trying to fix a machine following my directions...

Post# 561473 , Reply# 4   12/6/2011 at 08:09 (4,387 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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Hey Gizmo, just finished uploading an interim spin video, link is below :-)

Yes the machine was connected to a safety switch, I almost couldn't find it where I thought it was but then it appeared, thankgod.

Thanks for all the advice and help, i'm still trying to figure it all out having never really done anything like this before, virgin washer repairman one could say lol

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Post# 561497 , Reply# 5   12/6/2011 at 11:05 (4,387 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Nice one Matty but you had me gulping, in your bare feet and then wrapping your fingers around the open cabinet when using the selector buttons,!!!

Does the pressure pot not connect to a pressure vessell??

Looks a good machine and nothing that cant be sorted with a take apart, rub down, filler, coating and bearings etc...

Good to see a stainless steel tub on these machines!!!

Cheers, Mike

Post# 561560 , Reply# 6   12/6/2011 at 17:59 (4,387 days old) by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        

Hi Matty

that is bad bearing noise.

That knocking sound when spinning worries me - it might have a cracked spider.

When you pull the drum apart, don't forget to check the spider for cracks.

It could, however, jut be the unbalanced load making it knock a bit.

You won't know for sure till it is all apart.

Do you have access to a "tip shop", recycle shop, anywhere you can buy dead washing machines for parts? It shouldn't be too hard to scrounge up a good used complete inner drum, bearings, backing plate assembly.

Doesn't have to be an Electra - the Zodiac ones are exactly the same.


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