Thread Number: 76084  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
Diagnosis: Noisy Unimatic (Revisited)
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Post# 999284   7/4/2018 at 13:30 by lebron (Minnesota)        

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Hello all. My Unimatic has developed quite a nasty squeak during agitation. Unfortunately I think this was from a combination of overloading it and letting my godson play with the pulsator while it was washing. You can see a demo of it in the movie. Also a second video to see if any abnormal sounds can be heard during a dry pulsation.

I'm just wondering if this is an issue that anyone has encountered before. I think it has something to do with the brake as I have noticed sometimes she doesn't pulsate during the spin brake period (like something hasn't "caught" and the brake fails to fully engage). I thought that or either the torque spring is messed up. I don't expect there to really be a quick fix but I was just hoping to brainstorm a little for the long term.

Post# 999311 , Reply# 1   7/4/2018 at 19:26 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Sounds a bit like a loose fan. Typically I think a torn water and oil bellows precedes a torque spring failure as well as oil coming out. The tub begins to rotate during pulsation when a torque spring breaks.

Post# 999427 , Reply# 2   7/5/2018 at 18:01 by lebron (Minnesota)        

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Interesting stuff, thanks for the reply. Worth it for me to drop that cross bar out the bottom and try to tighten the fan screw? If that's all it took I should definitely look into it.

Post# 999452 , Reply# 3   7/5/2018 at 20:23 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I always put a bit of Loc-Tite on the area where the shaft passes through before putting things back together. Should keep the fan quiet.

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