Remove the washing machine drum

There are many defects in the washing machine where it is necessary to remove the washing machine drum. Depending on the damage then even the drum must be removed from the tub, but this does not work for every washing machine. Below we have summarized malfunctions in which the washing machine drum must be removed, as well as a manual for removal from the tub.

Laugenbottich and washing machine drum are core components

One of the basic functions of any washing machine is the rotation of the drum (reversion), whether it is a pre-wash, a main wash or a spin. Thus, the washing machine drum construction is the central component. It is structured as follows:

  • Washing machine drum in the lye tub
  • rotatable connection (the tub does not move) opposite the opening with bearings and sealing ring
  • the mounted drive shaft is closed on the outside by the bearing cross
  • on the bearing cross V-belt pulley for the drive
  • at the tub washing machine motor
  • weights on the tub to stabilize the imbalance
  • between tub and drum temperature sensor
  • between tub and drum heating element (with depressor)

Construction of liquor vat

Special attention must be given to the lye vat when removing. This usually consists of two parts:

  • at the opening side of the drum about a third of the length of a tub half
  • on the opposite side about two-thirds of the length the rear half

Various tub connection systems

These can be connected to each other differently:

  • plugged
  • glued
  • welded
  • bolted
  • a combination (stuck and screwed or stuck and glued etc.)

Not every washing machine tub can be disassembled

Only non-glued and non-welded vats can disassemble and remove the laundry drum. If the tub is bolted or original bolted (ex works), small screws are used. The tapped holes for this have to be drilled later, so that 5 bolts (5 x 55) fit with nuts.

Special features: the bearings usually have to be exchanged

In addition, you must switch between the bearings of the washing machine when removing the washing machine drum. These are the same size in almost all washing machines and it is distinguished between a few stock models.

Get the bearings in advance

There are also usually two camps - a large and a small camp. Only with the sealing ring there are manufacturer-related differences. Radial and axial seals can be used. Axialdichtringe are rather rare, but primarily for higher quality devices to find.

Step by step instructions for removing the washing machine drum

  • new warehouses (tell the salesperson your washing machine model)
  • new sealing ring
  • some rolling bearing grease
  • Wasserpumpenzange
  • Wrench set (preferably ring and fork or fork / ring)
  • ratcheting box
  • Depending on the washing machine, if necessary, special pliers for tub connections
  • Extractor for drive shaft and ball bearings (including bearing shells)
  • hammer
  • spirit level
  • Drill with 5er drill (you have to drill plastic)
  • work light
  • a helper or a suitable small pulley

1. Preparatory work

Before you disconnect the washing machine, you should also drain the remaining water. Because even after pumping out the lye, there is still residual water in the machine.

To do so, proceed as with cleaning the lint filter of the washing machine. Some washing machines (newer models) have a special drain hose, which can be found next to the lint filter, ie in the base area of ​​the washing machine.

Turn off the water and unplug the washing machine. Then position the machine so that you can work well all around.

2. Remove the panels

Depending on the washing machine model and manufacturer, the drum is lifted upwards, backwards or forwards on front loaders. For this purpose, the upper worktop and the front or rear cover are dismantled. In the front cover are still the door (porthole) and the aperture to do so.

3. Prepare washing machine tub

The tub is heavy. You can greatly ease the work by removing the drive motor and possibly the imbalance weights. Maybe because they can not be removed on some machines. In addition, all electrical cables are disconnected. Finally, disconnect the inlet and outlet.

4. Unhook the tub and remove it

At the top, the tub is suspended by springs. Also shock absorbers may be present. These are solved at the vat. Then the (mostly two) trusses are taken out. Below are also shock absorbers and / or struts and / or a sword with friction and brake shoes, which usually stabilize the washing machine. These are also solved on the vat side.

5. Lift out the tub and open the tub

Now the tub is lifted out of the washing machine. Preferably, you are in pairs or have a small pulley available when lifting up. This makes the installation much easier later.

Now the front tub half is released. Mostly it is plugged and screwed. Take out the small screws around. Use the special clip pliers to loosen the plug connections. Now you can pull off the front half of the tub.

6. Works that can be done this way

On some machines, the tub must be removed to get to the heating element (which can be inserted from the inside to the outside of the tub and pressed down with a clamp). The temperature sensor can now be easily removed. Of course, if you want to change the drum or drum ribs (if you do not wash the washing machine clean or the washing machine makes holes in the textiles, you can change the plastic ribs on some drums).

7. Do not loosen the tub, but replace the bearing

To renew the bearings you do not need to take the drum out of the tub. Changing the bearings of the washing machine we have described here.

8. Reassemble the washing machine

Assembling the washing machine is then exactly in reverse order. Bring the washing machine to its working position and connect it again. Then use the spirit level to check if they need to adjust the washing machine again.

Tips & Tricks

You should have at least an exploded view of your specific washing machine model. Dealers, but also the manufacturers can help here.

Wear parts such as rubber seals, bearings, V-belts, etc. always replace with new parts because they are wearing parts. Components such as the drum, tub, washing machine motor or suds pump usually last a washing machine's life (damage is usually due to other damage that precedes it). If you correct the cause of the damage, you can replace these parts with used parts without hesitation.

We have described the expansion of the washing machine drum and tub in a front loader machine, as 90 percent of all appliances are provided by this product group. The removal of drum and tub in a top loader is in principle the same, since only the opening is at the top and not at the front.

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