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Offline ifixit

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GE Mode Shifter bearing replacement
« on: August 26, 2015, 10:45:46 AM »
I have acquired a 5 year old GE WHRE5550K2WW with mode shifter WH38X10017.  The tub seal had been leaking for a while and therefore leaked water past the tub bearing and the into the mode shifter bearing.  I think the high pitch sounds at spin down are coming from the the tub bearing/shaft as it is no longer lubricated due to the water that has passed between them.  Also, the mode shifter bearing has what I would call a low roar when listened to with an automotive stethoscope.

The mode shifter bearing grease is waxy and I would consider it a bearing that is running dry.  There does not feel as though there are any flat spots on any of the balls and it still runs smooth.

My question is has anyone successfully removed this bearing and if so what was there procedure?

As seen in the attached photo there are 8 strikes in the aluminum casting to peen in the bearing.  As it is a casting I concerned that it could easily crack while trying to pound out the bearing.  The wall thickness of the casting is not very thick.  So I was wondering if anyone else has done this before.  Or would it be just as effect for the longevity of the the bearing to clean it out and repack it?  If so what type of grease would you use in this application.

Thank You for any assistance you can provide.

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Re: GE Mode Shifter bearing replacement
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2015, 11:24:17 PM »
I've never tried it but don't think I would either. That bearing has to take a pretty big load during spin.

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Re: GE Mode Shifter bearing replacement
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2015, 12:04:32 AM »
Yes. The bearing is removed from the underside. The work requires disassembling the entire washer. You can get the bearing out after removing the shaft and mode shifter you just pull it right out with the leverage a flathead and push the new one in with your hands. If you're worried about cracking the outer tub, use 2 flatheads simultaneously to pry the bearing out.

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Re: GE Mode Shifter bearing replacement
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2015, 09:24:29 AM »

  He's asking if anyone has replaced the ball bearing assembly in the mode shifter, not the tub bearing which is really a bushing.

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Re: GE Mode Shifter bearing replacement
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2015, 11:21:47 AM »
Oh... I haven't sorry

Offline ifixit

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Re: GE Mode Shifter bearing replacement
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2015, 09:25:38 PM »
I ended up just cleaning it out, there wasn't much if any grease left in it, and repacking it. I was too concerned that the casting would break, but would be interested if someone does give it a try.

Thanks

Offline Larry the applia

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Re: GE Mode Shifter bearing replacement
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2015, 08:15:23 AM »
So did it work.

 

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