I found this thread very helpful. I was able to change out the bearings. I thought I would offer some additional warnings: 1) when you get to the point of removing the stator, be aware that it is heavy and may fall off when you loosen the last screw; mine fell only a few inches, but it was enough to break off some plastic tabs on a couple of the stator windings. 2) be careful putting the stator back on: in my case one of the screws wasn't quite lined up right and started to strip the thread, it seems the material is quite soft 3) I found I had to lay the washer on it's side to be able to get the stator to sit properly while putting in the mounting screws, it was not lining up right when the shaft was at an angle 4) maybe it's obvious, but make sure the wiring to the stator is well clear of the space the rotor will sweep through, 5) I was not able to lift the inner tub out, I had to first take off the motor and pull out the tub with the shaft still in it. which I then hammered out.
Now that it's done, the bearing sound is gone, but it seems to me that there is more shaking when the tub is spinning at high speed. By "shaking" I mean
violent shaking, you might call it hammering. Maybe I need new suspension rods, but they looked OK. I'm wondering if my tub is out of balance now and if there is anything I can do about it. It's not so much that I mind the vibration, but the violent shaking can't be good for the new bearings. Any advice?
Thank you to the previous posters, your comments really helped.