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LG Washer WT1101CW sounds like it's about to destroy itself

Cyberentomology

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Location
Kansas
Model Number
WT1101CW
Brand
LG
Age
1-5 years
Just bought a house that came with a WT1101CW washer that makes a hideous grinding and squealing noise when operating, and in the last few days, it's unable to fully spin the load, and getting a constant unbalance error. It's getting worse, and I can't find anyone that services LG that isn't booked up for weeks. I'm reasonably competent at repairing things, but don't know enough about this particular unit to know what specifically is causing this, or even where to start... But I fear that if I let this go any longer, it's going to obliterate itself.

Video while operating:
 

Jake

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When does it do the grinding and squealing noise? While its agitating? While its draining? While its spinning?

This kit should solve the out-of-balance issue:
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Jake
 

Jake

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Ok, then its possibly the clutch assembly, stator, or rotor.

Here's the parts diagram for your model:
K170 is the clutch assembly
K200 is the stator assembly
K201 is the rotor assembly

Best thing to do is unplug the washer and turn the water off to the washer and remove the fill hoses, then lay the washer down and turn the rotor and stator and see if the noise is coming from those parts.

Jake
 

Cyberentomology

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I ended up having the local LG service company (conveniently owned by a friend) and they replaced the balancing rods and clutch assembly, only to find that the bearings are also shot, and the control board is acting up. The unit may only be 5 years old but the previous owner of the house has seven kids, so I expect this washer saw a lifetime of use in only 2 or 3 years. I ended up cutting my losses and buying a new 7300 machine (which is a model my friend who does lots of warranty work says he never sees, which is encouraging,,, and by buying the extended warranty, I pretty much guaranteed that I won't ever need it...
 

Jake

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Yes, that's a lot of problems you had going on with it.

Thanks for the update!

Jake
 
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