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by tonym1478 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:17 am

I have an Ariston AIB 12 Advantage washing machine.

When on a fast spin there is a loud knocking noise, it does not happen when the drum is empty of clothes.

Bearings have been changed recently, its not that sort of noise anyway.

I have checked all ballast etc and it is all secure.

The suspension arms and springs all appear OK.

If there was an item stuck between the drums I assume it would make a noise even if the drum is empty.

Any ideas please.

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by iadom » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:57 am

It could be the woefully thin Indesit drum support that has broken.

Open the door and rotate the drum so that each lifter is at the six o'clock position and see if the inner drum will push or pull up or down.

If it does then its BER.
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by tonym1478 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:08 am

Thanks iadom.
I've done as you suggest, there is slight movement, only a few millimetres, accompanied by a slight knocking sound. It doesn't seem to be too much movement just play on the bearing.
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by Martin » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:58 am

Yep, drum spigot stuffed...in the skip with the machine. :(
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by tonym1478 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:42 pm

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What do you mean by the spigot please.
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by Martin » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:58 pm

It's the main drum support shaft (spindle) that holds the drum, its shaft is pivoted through the central bearing housing. :(
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by tonym1478 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:15 pm

Thanks.

So the thinking is that the spindle is fractured which I assume will eventually fail completely and the belt will not drive the drum ?
I see 2 options :-
1. Remove spider, bearings etc to examine the spindle which will confirm whats happened, an action that will be unreversable as the spindle may fall apart. OR
2. Leave it as it is and use the machine until the spindle fails completely.

Either way the skip beckons !!!!!!!
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by iadom » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:00 pm

If you want to examine the drum shaft and drum support (or spigot) you will need a large tin opener.

This is an Indesit after all, outer drum is totally sealed so as I said in my first post BER.

You will need an outer drum at £100 and a sub kit, £40 to fix. :cry:

THIS is what a drum support, spigot, spider or whatever you want to call it looks like. That one is for an earlier model on which the drum could be spilt open to repair. They are made of an alloy that often corrodes badly and eventually cracks, particularly when low temperatures and liquid detergents are used.
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