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Kenmore 110 Series Washing Machine Makes Unusual Noises

Kenmore 110 Series Washing Machine Makes Unusual Noises

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Does your Kenmore 110 Series Washing Machine make strange noises during use? Kenmore 110 Series Washing Machines are susceptible to a range of problems that can cause them to make strange or very loud noises. Check the following causes to identify and solve the problem.


Some users have reported a bolt falling out from the bottom of the machine. The bolt holds the washing machine’s main pulley on. Over time, the bolt can back itself out of the pulley’s assembly, causing the pulley to fall down and rub against its plastic cage. This can cause a ratcheting sound and a burning smell. Check underneath your washing machine for any loose bolts. Also, check to see if the machine’s drive pulley has fallen down and is rubbing against its plastic cage. If so, use a new bolt and spring washer to reattach the pulley belt.


If your washer continues to make a loud noise during the spin cycle, the machine’s clutch assembly might be worn out. The clutch assembly makes the connection between the washing machine’s transmission and the inner tub. The clutch assembly allows the tub to gradually get up to the proper spin speed. As the clutch wears out with age, it may become noisy during the spin cycle or just after the spin cycle finishes. If the clutch is loud or not working properly, it will need to be replaced. Use the Kenmore 110 Series Washing Machine Transmission Clutch Replacement Guide to replace the machine’s clutch assembly.


The washing machine’s rear drum includes bearings in it to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the tub bearing system is defective, the washer may become very noisy, especially on the spin cycles. On some washing machines, the bearings are sold separately from the rear drum. However, experts recommend replacing both the outer drum and the bearings as an assembly, if the manufacturer sells the components together. Removing and pressing in the new bearing can prove difficult, but replacing the outer tub and bearing together is slightly easier.

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