We can't hear the noises, so asking a question like that is somewhat useless. Could be a pump, something stuck in the wash basket or a bad bearing. This is a Frigidiaire made washer, so you can use the information in the appropriate service manual which you will find on this page
As the manuals will point out, replacing the tub bearing will be a major step, labor-wise and money wise if this turns out to be the problem.
Since you are dealing with a "friend", you better go by there and see where this noise is coming from first hand so you don't get off on the wrong track. I always get screwed trying to help friends and family anyway...for some reason something always goes horribly wrong..but maybe that's just me