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FIXED Electrolux Washer EFLW417SIW Bearing / tub replacement?

Enoob

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I have encountered what appears to be a bearing going out. In the spin cycle, it is extremely loud. In checking the play between the inner and outer tub, there is some movement. Not much online about this, but apparently the bearing is part of the outer tub and you have to replace the entire unit. Assembly is like $225, but shipping is around $200. Seems crazy that it makes it a throwaway unit in four years. Any thoughts if there is way to replace just the bearing? Reached out to Electrolux and wating for a reply. Thank you.
 

Jake

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Are you sure its not the drain pump making that noise? remember the drain pump does run at all times during spin.

Or before it spins and while its draining is it a different noise? Usually when the tub bearing goes out it will sound like a helicopter or jumbo jet taking off when it starts to spin.

You can remove the electrical connecter from the drain pump after all the water has drained out and then you will just hear the tub spinning.

Jake
 

Enoob

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I can try to do as you suggest in the next day or so. It does sound like you are standing right next to the jet engine. Only hear it during the spin. Would the drain pump be that loud?
 

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Yes, but the drain pump wouldn't sound like a jet engine, it would sound like a food grinder.:)

The jet engine sound would be the rear outer tub bearing.

You are correct, it only comes when you order a new rear outer tub assembly:

You can remove remove the old bearing and take it to a bearing shop in your area and see they can match it up. Just make sure its not cheap Chinese bearings, they won't last in these machines.

Jake
 

Enoob

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Thank you Jake. Hope to tear into it soon. Do you know how the bearing is fashioned to the tub? Guessing there is a seal of some sort? I see others make replacement kits, but maybe not this one. I've dealt with auto bearings so with any luck, maybe I can figure out something. Will let you know.
 

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I don't know on this model, sorry.

Most front-loader bearings are just pressed into place with a bearing seal over it.

Its going to be a huge job to do, you have to remove the inner tub first to get access to it from the inside of the rear outer tub.

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Enoob

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Well, correct diagnosis. Now if I can find the correct bearings and seal. I do see someone selling them as a kit for $80. Thinking I can do better than that.
 

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Enoob

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I found some good quality bearings locally. Numbers are 6306 2RS and 6307 2RS. The seal is a 40x80x12 and I had to order that. Got things together, two loads through and appears to be working well. Thanks Jake.
 

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Jake

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Excellent Enoob, glad to hear that, they look good.(y)

Thanks for the update!

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Enoob

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Well, maybe a glitch in it being fixed. A good number of loads went through fine and then some smoke within the tub upon final spin. It appears the belt, etc is fine and I suspect an issue with the seal. The original I believe was to be a 40x80x10 and the replacement was 40x80x12. If I recall correctly, this allowed it to be slightly raised. Not sure I will know without a complete tear down again. Any thoughts to a different diagnosis?
 

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The original I believe was to be a 40x80x10 and the replacement was 40x80x12. If I recall correctly, this allowed it to be slightly raised. Not sure I will know without a complete tear down again.
Oh boy, you are probably right, you'll need to tear it down again unfortunately to get to the bearing seal and check it out.

The replacement and original have to match exactly the same.:)

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Enoob

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Rec'd the correct seal, 47x80x10, all back together and working again so far. Not sure why I was mentioning "40" above, as it is a "47." That size is hard to find, but did locate one through veryseal.com that was priced more reasonable than others I found. That one will arrive today as I was not sure that the original location was going to follow through and send the correct one. Guess I have a spare for the next repair in a few years. Cheers.
 

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Ok, sounds good, thanks for the update.(y)

Jake
 
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