I haven't seen that yet. Whirlpool really doesn't want their frontloaders fixed anymore, do they? If this is what it's come to, I'm not recommending Whirlpool frontloaders anymore. LG is what I'm recommending. I haven't seen any bad bearings in an LG, but if I do, I can get bearings and seals from them. I'd rather recommend an American company, but Whirlpool's frontloaders are made in Mexico anyway.
Can you post the model number and serial number, I want to check the warranty. Call Whirlpool, if it's less than five years old, they may comp the tub assembly.