Front load washer is making 'brief' thumpingnoise during spin cycle


my about 7 years old Kenmore Elite 41022900 makes a thumping/knocking noise during spin cycle even on empty drum, just like in video

But it does it only briefly and I think twice. Seems like at the beginning and then close to the end. The second one seems to be much shorter.

Please let me know if you have any specific suggestions on what the problem could be.

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Tub Bearing

The tub bearing is mounted in the middle of the outer tub. The tub bearing helps to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. Replacing the tub bearing is a very involved repair and will require disassembling most of the washer. If the tub bearing is defective, we recommend replacing both the outer tub and bearing as an assembly if the manufacturer offers the components together.

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Thank you for responding.

From looking around if there is a bearing problem the noise should happen most of the spin cycle.

I had a look at bearing replacement video and it sure does look like very easy to mess up when doing first time.

I noticed some leveling issue and will it and see if it helps.

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Does it happen when the spin cycle gets faster? If so, there could be a defect in the drum, or there could be an unbalanced load. Look up how to put your washer in test mode, and then run a spin test with no load. Make it run at maximum speed with no clothes in it first, and if it still vibrates then it's not an unbalanced load. If it does, it could be a problem with the washer. This can also be caused by a washer that is not level or on an uneven surface. Try leveling it by using an adjustable crescent wrench to turn the leveling feet up and down to make it sit level on the surface. Hope this helps.

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Thank you for responding.

It does it on empty tub. Just triggering spin cycle works.

From about 8 minutes spin cycle it does it during speed up for about 30 second and during slow down for about 5 seconds.

There are also different things that vibrate, eg at some point during the spin speed change the dryer door vibrate little bit, but for much shorter time that the thumping noise.

I'm not able to slide a sheet of paper underneath the washer legs, but I just had a look (using level) and the front is slightly lower than the back.

I will level it and see if it helps.

Thank you.


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