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    Default Sears Kenmore Tumble Action Washer 417.44102 - Loud Noise

    Model Number: 417.44102
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    Hello,
    Our front load washer (Kenmore 417.44102) just began making a really loud sound just before starting the rinse/spin cycle. In other words, the washer is fine when water first enters, and spins to wash. The loud sound begins when it starts spinning rapidly (but goes away after the spinning starts). Sound returns when the spin stops, and then the spin begins again (no sound). The sound is kind of a WAAAUUUNNNGH sound if my phonetics are right.

    Help. What should we do to get rid of the noise?
    thanks!

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    The loud sound begins when it starts spinning rapidly (but goes away after the spinning starts).
    This doesn't make sense, you mean but goes away after the spinning stops?

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    Hello,
    I used the washer again; and here's what happens:

    9:19 start washer
    9:20 water has entered and wash spin (slow speed) begins
    9:31 some noise; washer filling with water and spinning
    9:35 more water
    9:39 loud noise but washer isn't spinning (yet); washer begins to spin, noise stops. Noise starts again but washer not spinning, then spin starts (noise continues)
    9:42 hi speed spin; some noise still present
    9:44 noise stops, spin stops, water enters
    9:45 low spin
    9:57 loud boom, spinning starts
    10:05 spinning, somewhat noisy

    That's probably enough. Does this help?

    Do I need to pull washing machine out from wall and grease certain parts? If so, which parts? And with what grease or oil?

    thanks.

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    Yup, that helps, I would first check your water pump, if something gets in it or the water pump bearing is bad, it makes this kind of a sound. And since you claim it makes the sound when its not spinning as well, that makes me believe its the water pump.

    Take the lower front panel off then you'll see the drain pump with the 2 large rubber hoses attached to each end, get something to catch the water in, then remove the hose clamps, and see if something is in the drain pump, you can also remove the drain pump itself, by just taking out the 2 5/16" bolts that mount it to the washer base.

    Here's the water pump for your model:
    Drain Pump 137108000 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy. RepairClinic.com


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    Default Manufacturer; panel removal

    I am having trouble with the link to the water pump - you have the part number listed; but who is the manufacturer?

    Lower Front panel - I assume you mean literally the front panel underneath the panel with the washer door. Also, any hints on how I should take this off?

    Thank you,
    Laura

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    I fixed the link to the water pump above. Your Kenmore washer is made by Frigidaire, so any parts you order will say Frigidaire on them.

    Lower Front panel - I assume you mean literally the front panel underneath the panel with the washer door. Also, any hints on how I should take this off?
    Yes, the very bottom panel below your door. The screws to take it off are located on the very bottom, next to your floor.

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    My husband plays guitar.

    Thank you for your specific instructions. I opened the panel; took off the hoses; took out the pump; and took 1 guitar pick from inside the water pump and one from a drain hose. I put it back together, washed a load; and voila; the sound is gone.

    Thanks!
    - Laura

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    Excellent Laura, good job fixing it.

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    Jake -

    Thanks for posting this info. I know the post is quite old but found this when I went looking for a possible cause for all the racket my washer was making. Sure enough, in my case, I found a piece of string from a string trimmer stuck in the pump. Your info has made doing laundry much quieter and saved my husband and I a repair call as well. Your generosity with your knowledge is greatly appreciated - even three and a half years later.

    Take care!

    Denise

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    Glad to hear that Denise.

    Good job fixing yours too.

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