If you want to cut directly to the chase, here is a link to the video (detailed description of problem below): YouTube - Maytag LA8650 Washing Machine
I have a Maytag Model LA8650 Washer that I purchased in 1991. It has never given me a day's worth of trouble until recently. During the spin cycle, it makes a terrible grinding/rattling/scraping sound. Sometimes it sounds like there are loose metal parts rattling around (like loose bearings or something), but not all of the time. It also seems to get off-balance very easily - even when the load is balanced
. If you notice in the video, it gets off-balance even with nothing in the washer. The rasping sound is intermittent as you can also hear. Then it makes a different sort of grinding/rattling/scraping sound as it stops spinning.
I checked the belts underneath and they seem fine. I can turn the belts by hand. I can find no evidence of any leaks. It washes clothes fine, does spin, and does drain the water fine. It doesn't leap or bang around. The only problem is that it makes that horrible noise during the spin cycle and stopping the spin cycle and both noises are definitely different/new than in the past.
I took video of it in the spin cycle and stopping so that you can hear the noises. I removed the front panel so you can see inside, too. Near the end of the video, I turn off the spin so that you can hear the scraping noise it makes as it comes to a stop. (There is a small crashing sound early in the video that is unrelated to the washer - I lost my balance and bumped into some plastic shelving.
ALL other noises in the video are from the washer, not my shoes or anything.)
Please see some still photos and link to the video below. I sure would appreciate any help. Thanks very much!
Link to Video: YouTube - Maytag LA8650 Washing Machine