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    Attn Washing Machine dentists

    Got a 2003 Kenmore 417.42042100 front loader. Lowish miles but hey itís 17 yrs old. The hi speed spin cycle recently got slow and noisy; pulled the back of the cabinet off and the bearings seem fine, you can feel a piece of something (corroded spider arm Iím 99% sure) scraping between the inner and outer tub during rotation.

    Ok fine, spider arms are generally $100 or so, Iíve got time these days and like fixing shit rather than throwing it away. But if I understand the part diagram correctly ( https://www.genuinereplacementparts....BoCnEIQAvD_BwE ) the spider arm on this model is integrated with the entire stainless tub. So $550 with shipping. Still less than a decent front loader, but if I tore it all apart Iíd probably want to replace wear items too right? Just bearings?

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    Clearly one of the crossbeams has gone out askew on the treadle.

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    Wacky timing. I am having a very similar issue on a similar aged Kenmore, but not that model. My wife has decided that it's not worth the time and I think she's right, but the one she ordered is a couple weeks out. So I watch with some interest.

    Taken any pics?

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    Have you checked the specs on the end line for the ...rotary ...girder?

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    In our case what's stuck between the inner and outer tubs some of the hardware my wife likes to leave in her pockets when she throws them in the wash.

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    Instead of asking bunch of washed up dentists

    i would go to a real appliance fixing site
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    Actually we had a thread here in which some appliance repair gurus laid down some deep shit man.

    If you spent more time here you’d know this.

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    I do spend more time here which is why I know there are online forums for everything so why ask some guys who should not be allowed to own tools questions about specific things when you could go to a more specific on-line source ?
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    Can't you get a decent front loader for $6-700 ? Seems like throwing $500 in parts at a 15 year old unit is questionable. This is coming from a guy who tries to fix $10 items regularly. Do you have any used appliance places in your area ? Sometimes they sell salvaged parts like a car dismantled.

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    often the guy who sells you the parts will know shit OR he will know the guy who knows shit SO call a parts guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    Can't you get a decent front loader for $6-700 ? Seems like throwing $500 in parts at a 15 year old unit is questionable. This is coming from a guy who tries to fix $10 items regularly. Do you have any used appliance places in your area ? Sometimes they sell salvaged parts like a car dismantled.
    True.

    But also, itís probably the fetzer valve.
    Need some 3 in 1 oil and gauze pads.
    ďLife has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.Ē
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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    True.

    But also, itís probably the fetzer valve.
    Need some 3 in 1 oil and gauze pads.
    Any self respecting diy hack has at least half dozen fetzer valves and 20 kinds of lubricants to fashion a suitable 3/1 and in a true emergency just spit in their hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Clearly one of the crossbeams has gone out askew on the treadle.


    Fitzer valve.
    "Can't you see..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Tucker View Post


    Fitzer valve.
    Are you questioning me?

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