There is no way that my luck can be this good. I checked this forum for the first time a few moments ago and this looks EXACTLY like the solution I need for my WHirlpool washer.
The washer (GST9679PWO) works great, is balanced correctly, but makes a hell of a racket when the spinning concludes, almost like the braking mechanism is messed up.
I'll point my husband to this tread to see if it is infact the answer to our problems.
Thank you so much for being so helpful ON THE VERY FIRST VISIT!!!