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LG WT4801CW Replaced the clutch/bearing assembly two days ago because it was worn out. It had been making some minor

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Old 09-11-2018, 09:21 PM
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Unhappy Balance ring rubbing / melting
Model Number: WT4801CW   Brand: -other-   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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LG WT4801CW

Replaced the clutch/bearing assembly two days ago because it was worn out. It had been making some minor noises for several months, and suddenly started squealing like crazy. Used a new part from a reputable local warehouse. Cleaned out the tub while it was apart. No issues putting the system back together, other than I'm not 100% certain I got the bottom nut on the stater at 88 ft/lbs. It's on there tight and hasn't loosened.

First test run after new clutch, I noticed a knocking at top spin speed. Sounded like it was coming from the top of the tub, and the tub did seem to be moving around a fair amount.

Ran a second full load, and at the end, noticed plastic shavings in the wash. Pulled off the top panel and tub trim ring and found a deep groove worn into the top of the balance ring. Corresponding damage to the bottom of the trim ring. The groove is not around the entire top of the ring - only an arc about 12 inches long.

Have looked at the tub suspension, and all four corners APPEAR fine. The all rebound equally after downward pressure.

Rechecked relevant nuts on top/bottom of clutch assembly and nothing is obviously loose.

Balance ring still has fluid in it.

So ... please help.


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