This top loading washer (model A206) is 39 years old - but it still seems a lot better than new ones I've looked at, so would like to keep it going.At the start of the spin cycle, for a minute or so, there is a loud thumping sound. If I lift the lid and move the tub by hand, I hear a loud creaking / groaning noise.When I remove the front panel, I see the corners of the damper pads poking out, and the creak / groan is coming from the damper pads when I move the tub side to side - even the slightest such motion makes a pretty good noise.Nothing seems loose or out of place as I nose around.So, I'm thinking that the damper pads should be replaced, but wonder if I have more to worry about than just damper pads: bearings for example.Questions: - what are the symptoms that worn out damper pads produce ? - is there an easy way to insert some lubrication onto the damper pads (for testing) ? - if it's not the damper pads that are responsible for my thumping noises, is the other choice the tub bearings ? And if so, are they replaceable on this model ?thanks ... any suggestions for diagnosis are sure appreciated.
Try a new set of tub bearings and a new boot stem and seal kit. You'll need the spanner wrench to do these repairs also.The damper pads can be replaced underneath but they must be scraped off and reglued down...fun job.
You can replace the washer snubber pads by placing shord boards under the tranny pulley and a heavy item on top of the washer. This will lift the tranny up sufficiently to replace them.