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That dreaded day has finally come..Noisy Bosch Nexxt.
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Post# 985018   3/2/2018 at 21:03 (203 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

I posted about this on GardenWeb but figured I'd share with you guys too-

While doing laundry the other night I said to my Wife "what is that noise?!"

I walked into the Laundry room to hear my Bosch Nexxt making a scraping/grinding sound, getting louder at full spin. I waited until the load was done and hand spun the drum, the drum spun with some resistance and made a "whirring" sound.

Sounds like the bearings are on their way out :(

I can't complain at all- this Washer has been nothing but reliable in the 9 years I have owned it and always washed clothes beautifully without incident. We average 1-2 loads of Laundry a day with my Wife's Daycare so it has not been babied.

I gave my Brother a call as I was storing my old Top Load Kitchenaid at his Home only to find out he had given them away to a friend, not good.

I do plan to replace the bearings myself and am hoping that once I get into the machine that the Spider is OK but for now I plan on getting another Washer to hold me over.

I have several models that I have been eyeing so I will keep you all informed.

Stay tuned...

Jeff






Post# 985720 , Reply# 1   3/7/2018 at 19:23 (198 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

Here is how I started.

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Post# 985724 , Reply# 2   3/7/2018 at 19:36 (198 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

In about an hour I had it down to this.

It actually came apart rather easy as there was only a couple things that took a bit of figuring out. Those past years of working as an Auto Mechanic is certainly paying off. I was a bit worried when it came to separating the tub as I have seen horror tales of build gunk and Spider assemblies that have been corroded beyond recognition.

Good laundry habits payed off...everything was pretty much spotless.

Jeff


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Post# 985729 , Reply# 3   3/7/2018 at 19:49 (198 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

Pulled out the Bearings and Seal (Bosch calls it a Circular Clip) out of the tub to verify part #s.

You can see In the second pic how water had just started to get past the tub seal and rust the larger inner tub bearing.


The outer tub was clean enough to eat off of.

Looking at pics of most heating elements most are covered in scale/lime. This one looks new.

A quick clean up of the Drum Spider with some Automotive Eagle A to Z Wheel Cleaner and she is set to go.


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Post# 985737 , Reply# 4   3/7/2018 at 20:44 (198 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Nice job!!! What are your laundry habits??

Post# 985815 , Reply# 5   3/8/2018 at 09:29 (197 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Still looks new!


Post# 985858 , Reply# 6   3/8/2018 at 17:26 (197 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

Spacedogb,

For the first 6 or so years of it's life we used Liquid detergent, Tide, Gain, Clorox, with All Free and Clear as probably the most used with my middle Son's skin allergy.

For the last 3 years we have used nothing but Powders such as Gain,Bubble Bandit, Ecover, Cheer, and of course, Sears Ultra Detergent being the #1 choice.

I have cleaned the Washer Pump clean-out only twice over the last 9 years, the first time around the 6 year mark and it was pretty disgusting. There was a "fatty" build up that I removed in chucks.
After reading up on Powder Detergent I made the switch and after checking the drain-out again last year it was spotlessly clean. It was then that I decided to stick with Powder Detergent only.

askolover,
It is pretty spotless, especially for all it's use over the last 9 years.

Jeff


Post# 986766 , Reply# 7   3/15/2018 at 18:02 (190 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

The Bearings and Seal showed up today and with yet another Nor' Easter rolling in with a possible 20" of Snow coming this way (!) to the greater New England area I spent the day off indoors.

This is the bearings with my homemade installation press tool. It is a 1/2" threaded rod with several washers and a couple nuts. The two largest washers are just a hair smaller than the outside diameter of the bearings


I used to do the same thing back in the day as a teenager to press headset bearings in my bikes. It worked like a charm to press the bearings into the Washer as well.


This picture gives you an idea of how tightening the nuts will seat the bearings in the races.

Marked the tub for future reference too.

Jeff


Post# 986768 , Reply# 8   3/15/2018 at 18:05 (190 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        



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Post# 986769 , Reply# 9   3/15/2018 at 18:09 (190 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

I had to wait until I got the additional parts to put the Washer back together but they finally arrived this past weekend.

I forget to take a picture of the plastic outer tubs being put back together but there is a large o-ring type seal that goes between both halves of the tub. I used Silicone caulk on both sides of the o-ring and tighten the 18 screws in crisscross pattern.

Here is a picture of the o-ring and the Silicone-


After letting the tub seal overnight I proceeded to put everything back together. Not too bad, had to check some past pictures taken as a reference but it all went together very smoothly.

Now came the moment of truth...the testing period. I didn't want to put it back in the Laundry Room to discover an issue so my Son and I moved the Washer from the Living Room to the Kitchen.


I put the drain in the sink and opened a window and hooked up two garden hoses to the Washer. I am lucky to have a Hot water spigot outside so I used that one as well as the typical cold spigot. One issue, the Washer required a female hose end so I grabbed two of the female to female hose adapters.


I saved three full loads of laundry just for testing and am happy to report it is silent as can be with no Bearing noise.

So for less than $100 dollars for all parts the old Bosch is back in the game.


Jeff


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Post# 986888 , Reply# 10   3/16/2018 at 13:45 (189 days old) by richimaor (Baja California, Mexico)        

After seeing this I will totally go back to powder detergent, which detergents do you guys recommend? (For whites and colors or one for whites and one for colors) Based on your personal experiences

Post# 986909 , Reply# 11   3/16/2018 at 18:31 (189 days old) by jcturbot (Central MA)        

Rich,
My choice is the discontinued Sears Ultra Plus powder. I also use Cheer as well as Persil Pearls.

Jeff





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