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    Default GWL11 squeal during wash and spin

    We've begun hearing a high-pitched squeal during some wash cycles and during all spin cycles.

    It sounds like perhaps some lubrication is needed somewhere. Is that something that has to be done periodically?

    Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to how to troubleshoot and repair?

    By the way, I've read other posts that refer to similar noises during fill, but the squealing noise we hear is not occurring during fill so I've ruled out pump issues for now.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Briggs View Post
    We've begun hearing a high-pitched squeal during some wash cycles and during all spin cycles.

    It sounds like perhaps some lubrication is needed somewhere. Is that something that has to be done periodically?

    Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to how to troubleshoot and repair?

    By the way, I've read other posts that refer to similar noises during fill, but the squealing noise we hear is not occurring during fill so I've ruled out pump issues for now.

    Thanks for any help.
    You can spin the inner basket by hand with the machine powered off. Try this and listen for any kind of abnormal squeal.
    Check the tub bearings, look for signs of leakage and seepage. You can remove both the inner basket and the direct drive motor rotor very easily and check for signs of "wet" bearings. Check the rubber seal underneath the inner basket, if it fails, it will allow water to "wash" the bearings clean of lubricant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FisherTech View Post
    You can spin the inner basket by hand with the machine powered off. Try this and listen for any kind of abnormal squeal.
    Check the tub bearings, look for signs of leakage and seepage. You can remove both the inner basket and the direct drive motor rotor very easily and check for signs of "wet" bearings. Check the rubber seal underneath the inner basket, if it fails, it will allow water to "wash" the bearings clean of lubricant.
    Thanks for the help. Upon inspection of the seals and bearings and finding no problem, I looked to the pump as the source of the squeal as others had posted. That's where the problem was. A quick change of the pump and the washer is working perfectly again.

    Thanks again for your help.

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