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    Default Noisy Spin Cycle - Frigidaire Front Loader

    Model Number: FWT449GFS1
    Brand: Frigidaire
    Age: More than 10 years

    When my machine reaches the spin cycle, it emits a rather high-pitched, constant whining/scraping noise that sounds like there is contact somewhere with a metal object. I removed the back, manually turned the fly wheel, and determined the sound was coming from the motor, not the drum, and it seemed to be coming from the brushes. I removed the left brush from the motor, turned the flywheel, and the noise seemed to stop.

    I removed the right brush, cleaned them, oiled the spring a bit, and cleaned the shaft of the motor where the brushes makes contact. I reassembled everything, ran a cycle and the whining gradually returned.


    I'm not a mechanic, so I don't know what a worn brush looks like, but the contact surface was smooth, the spring seemed to be functioning properly.
    I am thinking the easiest solution is to replace the entire motor . . . but as my history on this forum will prove, my instincts might be wrong! Best I can tell, the motor runs around $120 and I am happy to replace it, unless there might be something obvious to one of you experts that I am missing.

    It doesn't look like I can buy brushes manufactured for the existing motor and even those I found would run about $60.00 for a pair . . . and the motor is over 10 years old, so don't have a problem spending the money for a new motor with new brushes.

    Anything I might want to check before ordering a new motor?

    Thanks, Experts.


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    Yes, it would be the motor then if the tub pulley spins by hand and you don't notice the noise in the tub bearing.

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    Default Thanks, Jake.

    This is a GREAT site. And the prices at RepairClinic.com are hard - if not impossible - to beat. Once again, I appreciate your expert guidance, Jake. Keep up the good work.

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    Glad to help, keep us posted.

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