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GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« on: April 23, 2012, 04:39:01 PM »
Hello, new guy here.  I bought what looked like a GREAT deal... :2funny:  This thing sounds like a freight train!!  :tickedoff: It knocks and rattles when washing.  And the spin cycle??  WOW!  The neighbors are complaining.  Well, I thought, I can fix this, all I need is a bearing.  No problem, right?  No, big a problem, GE doesn't sell it separately, you have to by the rear half of the tub, $427.90 is the best I have found.  I looked at the rear drum and it really looks like I can replace this bearing.  Has anyone attempted this?  take a look at the pictures and you will see that the bearing looks like it is held in with a circlip (I know it is pressed in as well).  Here is the link:

http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Rear-Drum-with-Bearing/WH45X10071/1168849?modelNumber=WBVH6240FW

ANY help would be appreciated!!



Rear Drum with Bearing Part # WH45X10071



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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 05:09:07 PM »
I'm not sure if there's any other way except change the tub, I guess if you had a bearing puller you can pull the bearings out and install new ones But the seal would have to be changed to . I guess only 1 that can answer this question is sean . He's a ge expert. does anybody know?

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 06:13:31 PM »
They do it all the time in the UK. Espares has a nice video:
http://foggyfacts.blogspot.com/2011/12/front-loader-bearing-replacement-video.html
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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 10:40:07 PM »
Finding seals for front load bearing jobs has been the issue that I run into.  Seal failures are the main cause of bearing failure.
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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 08:59:17 AM »
Thanks for your help, I found this on E-Bay.  What do you think?  I asked the seller if he had a kit for my washer and he told me to buy "Kit #12" from him, here is the link: 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-LOAD-WASHER-2-BEARINGS-AND-SEAL-GE-GENERAL-ELECTRIC-KIT-12-/251036752495?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item3a72f4da6f

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 09:10:29 AM »
Do you have a manufacturers part number?
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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 09:15:14 AM »
No, it is not serviceable according to GE.

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 09:30:11 AM »
The E-bay seller also sent me this video. 

"Dear mikedumansuzuki,

Hello!

Buy the kit # 12, it will be perfect for your washer.

I send you a youtube address. This is a video of the procedure to change the bearings.



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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2012, 09:35:54 AM »
After all that, it turned out NOT to be the bearings at all!!   ??? I was suckered by my seller, it needed a spider in the back of the tub.  :tickedoff:  You cannot buy that separately, you have to buy the whole tub.  Over $500 for the tub at that.  I decided to take the machine and throw it in the river, but my wife would not let me do that.  She said she likes the machine, and I promised her a front loader...fix it or shell out big bucks for a new one.  I'm not ever going to spend $1000 on a washing machine, that is just crazy, so fix it time it is.  I decided I would take some pictures of the spider, which has 3 arms and 2 of them had broken off due to corrosion.  (that was the noise, the spider beating the drum as it spun)  My first course of action, call GE and see if I can get the part for free.  Why not?  I, after all, deserve the part for free, right?  Here goes nothing I thought...  I called GE customer service, and they sent me to a "customer advocate".  She was very nice, and immediately offered me the $500 part for $150.  I told her thank you, but I think she should really see the pictures and video I took of it spinning first.  She sent me an email so I could send the info back, and an hour later she called me back asking me for my shipping address, they were sending me the tub for free!  I gave her my info, and 2 days later I received my tub.  I put it in and the new seal that was with it, no more problems.  Mama's happy now, so I am happy too ;-)  O0  And to the people that attempted to sucker me, IN YOUR FACE!!  They went and bought a new washer when all they needed to do was make a phone call. 

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2012, 11:03:54 AM »
Glad to hear you got the part for free from GE and got it repaired.  O0


Care to share the photos with us?


Thanks for the update.

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2012, 11:09:48 AM »
Sure will, here they are.

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2012, 11:15:42 AM »
I was going to upload the video, but it is a 3GPP movie (cellphone video) and the sight doesn't support it..  Funny, when I was working on this I cleared the drain trap and it was full of what I thought were little pebbles.  It turns out the little pebbles were actually pieces of aluminum from the spider.

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2012, 11:19:47 AM »
Yep, she's bad, lol...

If you could upload the video to youtube, then post the youtube link here we could see it.

Good job, a lot of people would have just bought a new one.

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2012, 11:29:05 AM »
Thanks, that comes from being a cheapskate at heart ;)  FYI, if anyone is interested, I happened to get 2 tubs from GE :2funny:  I'd sell the 2nd and we could both make money on it...

I don't have a YouTube acct, any other way?

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Re: GE WBVH 6240 FWW BEARING ISSUE
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2012, 11:43:25 AM »
It is on YouTube now,


 

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