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Westinghouse L110 Washer Woes...or Not Getting One's Bearings
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Post# 1076395   6/8/2020 at 17:55 (1,022 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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It never fails... My restorations always seem to get hung up on what should be a simple step.   In this case, I still cannot get the wash/spin basket out of the outer tub.  I've not run into this with any of the Westys I've worked on. 


Here's the story so far:  the tub bearing was known to be bad but to get to it, the wash/spin tub has to come out.  This one will not budge.  I've tried penetrating oils (first PB Blaster, then Aerokroil) with no success.  I left the Aerokroil soaking for 3 days, but nothing has been happening.  


I fear that the wash/spin tub shaft is fused to the inner part of the bearing.  Notice on the picture of the new one there is an inner metal ring.  When I spin the wash/spin tub on the L110, I notice that this ring spins also (see picture 3).  I can't help but think that's not good.... 


My next thought is to try a torch; I also figure it will need some persuasion.  I am afraid of pounding on the tub shaft, though.  I don't want to damage the end of the shaft where the drive pulley is attached. 


Has anyone ever run into something like this with a Westinghouse Laundromat before?  If so, how'd you get the tub out?  All suggestions, ideas, and techniques are welcome. 


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Post# 1076397 , Reply# 1   6/8/2020 at 18:02 (1,022 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Heat, my friend, heat. Wed be lost without it.

And what ever you do dont pound or use force on the threads. With that being said you may need to devise a sleeve to pull up on the bearing if you cant get a three jaw puller on there.


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Post# 1076400 , Reply# 2   6/8/2020 at 18:05 (1,022 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Thanks, Ben.  I figured this was the logical next step.  I also have the feeling that when I get the tub out, the inner bearing ring is going to be stuck on the shaft.  Wheeee!

Post# 1076420 , Reply# 3   6/8/2020 at 21:16 (1,022 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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Hi Paul, the inner ring of the bearing is supposed to turn with the shaft.


Could you post a close-up of picture #2, something does not look right.


You basically have to force the shaft out with a press and yes the inner bearing may come out with the shaft.


I have an extra tub and shaft I don't need from an earlier SF from a machine I recycled last year that no one wanted.


John L.

Post# 1076453 , Reply# 4   6/9/2020 at 07:58 (1,022 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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John, this is the best close-up I could get of the bearing and shaft.  I am a lousy photographer.... 


Thank you for letting me know about the spare tub!  I have a sneaking suspicion that I may wind up needing that.

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