I have a direct drive washing machine (Kitchenaid, KAWE678BAL1
). Not unlike the washer in Al's coupler replacement.
I now have a new problem 2 years later. I believe the centerpost bearing kit is needed (stuck when trying to spin- item 24 page 2). The bearing and seals appear to be worn (feel gritty when running my finger inside the post). Also, the brake and drive tube were difficult to pull out and (after examining) difficult to push back in the centerpost.
My question is how to replace the bearings and seals. There doesn't appear to be any documentation on this stuff.
Attached is a pdf of the base (page 1) and the drive tube (page 3). The drive tube is inserted through the base passing through the seals and bearings (item 24 on page 1).
A few additional questions:
- What's the best way to remove the bearing and seals without damaging the centerpost? (Am I supposed to cut them out?)
- Once the bearings and seals are replaced, should the drive tube run "smoothly" through?
Thanks in advance for any help. Forgive the long post. I tried to place adequate information.