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    Default GE front loading washer makes banging noise during cycle, smells of burning rubber/plastic; smoked

    Model Number: GCVH6260H1WW
    Brand: GE
    Age: 1-5 years

    My GE Energy Star HydroTemp Front Loading washer makes banging noise during the cycle. When I entered the laundry room at the end of the cycle, the whole room smelled of burning rubber or plastic, and there was some smoke in the room. Also, I found some small plastic shavings in the drum (gray in color).

    I checked the belt. It is perfect. I checked all the shocks/piston thingys, and they seem all perfect too. I checked the drain filter thing in the front.. it had a few small things in it, but nothing too obstructive. I cleaned it out and started the machine again.. it started making the banging noises again, so I canceled it. I don;t want it to smoke again, that seems bad.

    Any idea what the problem is?

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    Ok, try it without clothes in it and see if it still bangs.

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    I have the same issue with my GE front loader, Model # WBVH5200J1WW - instead of starting a new post for the same problem, I thought I would just reply to this thread. The banging happens with or without clothes, the burning/smoking appears to only happen with clothes. We have found that the pieces of rubber/plastic is coming from the metal tub rubbing against the boot. There is a hard plastic around the tub opening and the rubber boot sitting toward the front around the tub - that is where our smoke/burning smell is coming from. We have checked the motor, belts, and the shocks - all of that appears fine. So, we decided that the what I have described above is the only logical explanation. However, I want to know how to fix it ourselves if possible. I need my washer. Please help.

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    Your rear tub bearing is bad. This is a huge job to replace the rear outer tub assembly.

    Now that rear tub bearing doesn't come as separate part, you can only get it when you order the rear tub assembly here:
    Manufacturer part number WH45X10071 is RepairClinic item number 1168849


    Now the cost of ordering the rear tub assembly is over $400, so many members here have been changing just the bearing and going to a local bearing shop to get a new bearing.

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    We are having the same problem with the same washer!.. Same burning smell everything... Trying to replace just the bearing on our own but can't seem to get it out any ideas?

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    I wasn't able to locate a GE rear outer tub bearing removal video, but your GE is similar to the Whirlpool Duet/Kenmore HE3.

    Here's the video on that, that may help you:



    Advance the video to 9:13 and play it.

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    I have the same problem on my GE WHDVH626FWW washer. Can you give me the p/n of the tub bearings and seal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick3446 View Post
    I have the same problem on my GE WHDVH626FWW washer. Can you give me the p/n of the tub bearings and seal?
    Sorry I don't know.

    You'd need to go to a local bearing shop to get new tub bearings and seal, take your original ones with you, they can match them up.

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