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VMW Bravos bearing job
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Post# 1020237   1/5/2019 at 16:14 (1,881 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

was given a ~2012 bravos today-it mostly works,but bearings are shot-wondering if a bearing repair on one of these requires any new parts other than seal and bearings?-it's a cool looking machine with a window lid and silver in color :)Might junk it for spare parts if bearing job expensive... :)

Post# 1020238 , Reply# 1   1/5/2019 at 16:34 (1,881 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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is yours an 'X' belt drive, or an 'XL' direct drive.....there are a few little differences in disassembly...

bearings and seals alone not too bad.....

its when you purchase the whole outter tub with bearings and seals installed that can be major costly...

I did it with tools I already had....

Post# 1020246 , Reply# 2   1/5/2019 at 18:25 (1,881 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

it's the belt drive version-I was really hoping I had scored the F&P drive version with recirc pump-have found some of those at the dump,but they have always been bent up-did salvage a few of the F&P style motors though.Thanks for those links-I'll get it apart for evaluation soon :)

Post# 1020264 , Reply# 3   1/5/2019 at 21:05 (1,881 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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if its a belt drive.....your most likely have to go through these sort of least of tearing it apart....

Post# 1020267 , Reply# 4   1/5/2019 at 21:44 (1,881 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Bad Bearings On A WP VMW Washer

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Replacing the bearings on the BD models is much easier, BUT much more costly, you basically have to replace the complete transmission-shaft-and seal assembly, we have only done this a few times as the repair costs about 2/3 of the price of a new washer


John L.

Post# 1021523 , Reply# 5   1/17/2019 at 19:50 (1,869 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
bit the dust...

transmission shaft was damaged along with some other parts,so junked the machine-saving a large stash of spare parts-including lid switch/lock used to repair a VMW centennial :) The bravos was made around 4th quarter of 2010.

Post# 1021551 , Reply# 6   1/18/2019 at 03:09 (1,868 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Sell the board on eBay.

I donít mind getting those in anymore, I recover my cost of the machine at minimum selling the board.

Post# 1021836 , Reply# 7   1/20/2019 at 12:19 (1,866 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
bad boards-bad capacitors...

When I got my 2010 cabrio,it was a faulty board that had it out of commission-board problem was caused by bad capacitors on the"assembled in China"control board-replaced the junk capacitors with quality ones and cabrio was back in operation :)Cabrio was an early one-built around 1st Q 2010.When I take the board out of the Bravos(I kept the whole top)i'll look it over for junk capacitors even though that machine was basicly working :)

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