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My Admiral washing machine makes a loud clattering sound during the spin cycle.

I have an Admiral washing machine, Model AAV7000AWW. It has recently begun making a loud clattering sound during the spin cycle. I would not describe it as grinding. If the tub is spinning with no load (water or clothes), the clattering stops as the tub spins at its fastest. I have replaced the belt, but that has not helped. There is no noise when I spin the motor pulley, the pump pulley, or the transmission pulley. Your thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Fred M
I suspect the noise is from the brake or the bearing. Just to be sure can you reply with the model number for your particular washer?
by Fred M Earned 3,532 community points in Washers
December 15th, 2012
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Hello Experts! I have an admiral washing machine and it is making an amazing load noise (A Squeaking Noise) during the spin cycle only!

Any ideas?

**Go Bearkats
by Manage My Life
December 12th, 2012
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Fred M
I’d say it’s time for a new machine. You can get a similar Kenmore top load washer for about $339 dollars. Check the following link: [New Washer | sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02629422000P?prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=L6] .
by Fred M Earned 3,532 community points in Washers
January 11th, 2011
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Manage My Life
This brings me back to my previous question. Is this something an mid-level DIY'er can fix, or is is time o get a new machine?
by Manage My Life
January 11th, 2011
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Fred M
The transmission is the most likely cause of this problem. When the washer goes into spin the hub should grab the transmission shaft and spin the tub but the shaft does not engage. It slips over the hub and this is the chattering you hear
by Fred M Earned 3,532 community points in Washers
January 10th, 2011
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Manage My Life
The motor seems to pivot freely. I think the noise must be in the transmission - nothing else really in the to make that kind of noise.
by Manage My Life
January 9th, 2011
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Fred M
. I meant check if the motor is pivoting okay. With the front panel off and belt on can you make out where the noise is coming from?

I think it is the transmission making the noise especially since it happens only in spin.

Try a spin cycle and see if we can agree the noise is from the transmission shaft and drive pulley.

Give me a reply and we’ll see if we can’t pin this problem down.
by Fred M Earned 3,532 community points in Washers
January 8th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Fred, thank you for your response. The motor does not seem to be a problem - at least there is no noise when I hand-spin the motor, or when I run the motor with the belt off. Although I do not see the image to which you have referred, I have removed the front panel, and I can see the inside of the machine (tub and transmission). You make the statement "Try this and see (if) there has been any improvement.". I am not sure what I am supposed to be trying. If the problem is the transmission, is this something a mid-level DIY'er can do, or is it time to just get a new machine?
by Manage My Life
January 8th, 2011
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Fred M
I can think of two possible causes for this problem.

First check the motor for the noise. The image below will show you have to remove the top cover and front panel of the washer.

The motor should pivot to increase or decrease the tension on the belt.

The most likely cause of this problem is a bad transmission. As the cam tries to engage in spin it slips over the transmission causing a chattering type noise.

Try this and see there has been any improvement.
by Fred M Earned 3,532 community points in Washers
January 8th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
Noise coming from the washer can definitely mean that you are having problems and its best to get this fixed. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some great information about what may be causing your problem. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Washers
January 6th, 2011
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