Thanks for the advice on the bearing
1. I was told that the bearing on this unit is sort of built inside the tub and can't be removed. Is that true?
2. There is a small metal ring in the spindle (bearing spacer). How important is it? Mine broke as I was attempting to put the drum inside the tub. I can order one, but it will take a few days. I'm sort of desperate to do my laundry after weeks.