We have a 7 year old Bosch WFL2450GB/01 washing machine which has given great service until yesterday when it started making a grinding noise in the filter/drain pump area.
I checked the filter which is ok, but the impellor (the rotor bit which is on the drain pump) had fallen off its spindle, and the spindle was still turning but hitting against the impellor (which made the noise). I tried putting the impellor back on the spindle, and it stays for a short while but falls off again within about 15 seconds.
Following advice in some other posts here we have removed the drain pump altogether (to check for blockages near/around it) and the pipes etc are all ok. The drain pump is an Askoll 290408 (in case that helps).
There is one o-ring on the spindle, but replacing that has not helped. The spindle has a metal prong which sticks out at the end for about a quarter of its circumference, and this appears to locate into a "groove" in the inner end of the impellor , which is about three quarters of the impellors circumference. Provided the prong locates into the groove then the impellor will turn ok. However, the impellor works its way off the spindle when we start the drain cycle.
We looked at the spindle & impellor but cannot see what is actually meant to hold the impellor onto the spindle ?? Does anyone else know how it works ?
Is this a small part that could be replaced, or will we need to replace the whole drain pump assembly (approx £50 having searched the web).
Thanks for any help!