Thank you for everyone's replies.
Update: It's still running.
I cannot really use MAX spin anymore because the slight tub play causes it to go into some kind of harmonic frequency imbalance, and shuts down.
Medium spin works fine, albeit with some slight metallic clacking from the play.
I talked to WP and a local MT store owner.
Both said that they would warranty out the drum/tub assembly, BUT the repair would have to be done by the shop.
Meaning 5-600 dollars. Which is the same price as the dang tub assembly.
Either way, I'm out of cash.
They got me by the (oo).
This is certainly a Right to Repair issue. It's infuriating!
I've been told numerous times already that my loose bearing (or spider, who knows) issue is incredibly rare on this chassis. Fine....I'm unlucky.
But I can't even properly repair it because the big dogs won't offer separate parts anymore.
I get it, not everyone is capable. But dang it, I'm capable.
And others should at least have the option to hire one of you esteemed folks to actually procure parts and repair their machines if they so choose.
It's just not right, man.
Companies used to offer parts for everything! I honestly believe that increases loyalty.
Guess that doesn't matter anymore....
Ironically, the only company I've seen still offering individual parts for sale, for the most part, is Haier-owned GE! Ha.