Ozzy, Dave, Martin
What a coincidence. I have exactly
the same problem with my hotpoint WMS38N washer. Main drum bearing suddenly started making ugly noises after only 3 years of daily use. I suspect a broken ball bearing. Reason I came across your topic is that I was looking for some answers: I have replaced a main bearing in an older machine before (and was very proud of that!) , but on this one I discovered to my horror that there is no removeable back panel to this machine to get access to the back of the drum
Moreover, the sidepanel is punched rather than bolted to the chassis (cheaper to manufacture?) so I cannot remove the drum by lifting it out of the machine (via top or base) it seems without a can opener
. It seems they punched the machine shut after installing the drum? My question: can the main drum bearing be replaced at all on this machine?? (by an engineer or myself) If yes, how to get access?? I can't figure it out.