Admiral Washing Machine Drum Loose [How To Fix]

If your Admiral washing machine drum is loose, this detailed guide will give you steps on how to fix it…

Admiral Washing Machine Drum Loose — Solution

If your Admiral washing machine drum is loose and bangs around a lot, it indicates that the bearings have gone bad. You’ll need to replace your washer’s bearings to fix this issue (If you aren’t confident in your repair skills, we strongly advise you not to attempt this repair).

Here’s how to replace damaged bearings in your Admiral washing machine…

Here are the tools you’ll need for this repair…

  • Bearing Installation Kit
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Tape
  • Putty Knife
  • Towel
  • Flat-blade Screwdriver
  • 5/16 Inch Nut-driver
  • 7/16 Inch Socket Wrench With Long Extension
  • 1/4 Inch Allen Wrench
  • 3/8 Inch Socket Wrench With Ratchet
  • Grease
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Hammer
  • Pliers

Step 1. In order to prevent any chances of water leakage and electrocution, we recommend shutting your washing machine’s water supply and unplugging the power cord from the outlet before starting this repair.

Step 2. Put some tape over the lid of your washing machine to secure it. Insert your putty knife under the top panel to release the two locking clips. Lift the top panel and support it by resting it against a wall (do not rely on the hinges to support it).

Step 3. Use your pliers to squeeze the clamp on the re-circulation hose attached to the tub cover and slide the clamp out of position. Pull the tube off the tub cover.

Step 4. Pry the cap off the agitator using a flat-blade screwdriver. Take out the bolt holding the agitator using the 7/16 inch socket wrench. Carefully pull the agitator out of the machine and set it aside.

Step 5. Pry the tabs on the tub cover securing it to the tub (if needed, use a flat-blade screwdriver). Pull the tub cover off the tub assembly and set it aside.

Step 6. Remove the screws holding the basket hub with a Philips screwdriver. Lift both basket hub pieces off the shaft and set them aside.

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Step 7. Carefully lift the inner tub assembly off the tub shaft (apply some anti-rust oil to the shaft if this is difficult for you).

Step 8. Lower the top panel onto the cabinet. Tilt the machine backwards carefully and support it against a wall.

Step 9. Slowly rotate the rotor at the bottom of the machine until the hole on the stator and the hole on the rotor line up. Insert a screwdriver into the opening to secure the rotor.

Step 10. Use your 1/4 inch Allen key to loosen the nut securing the rotor assembly to the back of the washing machine. Pull the rotor off the tub assembly carefully and set it aside.

Step 11. Take out the four bolts holding the stator to the bottom of the tub using a 3/8 inch socket wrench. Carefully pull the stator and ring off the tub. Take the stator plate off the tub.

Step 12. Disconnect the wire harness attached to the stator and release the wire from the retainer. Set the rotor assembly aside.

Step 13. Squeeze the end of the shaft with your pliers. Use your adjustable wrench to loosen the shaft nut. Take the nut off the shaft and set it aside.

Step 14. Use a mallet or hammer to carefully knock the shaft into the tub. Lift the washing machine upright and support the lid.

Step 15. Pull the drive shaft and seal out of the tub and set them aside. Knock out the lower bearing using the bearing removal rod (included in bearing installation tool kit) and hammer.

Step 16. Lower the top panel and tilt the washer backwards again. Pick up the bearing, ring, and tube from the floor under the washer and discard them.

Step 17. From the bottom of the tub, use the mallet and rod to knock out the upper bearing.

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Step 18. Lift your washing machine upright again and support the top panel. Take the upper bearing out of the tub and discard it.

Step 19. Take your bearing kit and bearing installation tool out of their packaging. Use a rag to clean the bearing housing thoroughly.

Step 20. Lower the upper bearing into the opening in the tub. Unscrew the three lower pieces on the bearing installation tool.

Step 21. Slide the bearing installation tool shaft through the opening in the bearing. Lower the top panel and tilt the machine backwards.

Step 22. Slide the new spacer tube and onto the bearing installation tool shaft. Push the lower bearing into the housing.

Step 23. Put the three lower pieces of the bearing installation tool back on and tighten the nut as much as possible with your adjustable wrench (this will force the two bearings into place).

Step 24. Loosen the nut and take the three pieces off the shaft. Lower the top panel and set your machine upright. Pull the bearing installation tool out of the bearing opening and set it aside.

Step 25. Slide the new drive tube through the opening. Use a mallet and a block of wood to carefully knock it into place.

Step 26. Lower the top and tilt the washer backwards again. Put the nut onto the shaft at the bottom of your machine.

Step 27. Squeeze the shaft with a pair of pliers and tighten the bolt with your adjustable wrench.

Step 28. Connect the wire harness back to the terminal on the motor stator. Place the stator plate at the bottom of the tub.

Step 29. Put the metal ring onto the motor stator and apply the four bolts with your socket wrench to secure it.

Step 30. Place the rotor assembly on the new drive shaft and tighten the nut with the 1/4 inch Allen wrench.

Step 31. Pull your machine upright and lift the top panel. Apply the provided grease to the inner grooves of the new bearing seal.

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Step 32. Apply a bead of adhesive to the outer rim of the bearing seal. Slide the new seal onto the shaft above the bearing.

Step 33. Place the bearing installation tube onto the bearing seal and knock it with a hammer to push the seal into place.

Step 34. Apply an even coat of adhesive to the top of the bearing seal. Use a rag to clean off any excess grease and adhesive on the tub or drive shaft.

Step 35. Lower the inner tub assembly onto the new drive shaft. Put the basket hub pieces on the shaft and apply all the screws with your screwdriver to secure them.

Step 36. Snap the tub cover onto the tub assembly. Reconnect the hose to the port on the tub cover and secure it by sliding the retaining clamp in place.

Step 37. Lower the agitator assembly into the tub and use your socket wrench with an extension to apply the bolt. Snap the cap back onto the agitator.

Step 38. Lower your washing machine’s top panel and snap it onto the cabinet. Peel the tape off the lid.

Step 39. We recommend leaving the machine for at least a day before running any cycles (this will help the adhesive set).

Step 40. Turn your washing machine’s water supply valve back on and plug the power cord into the outlet.

Step 41. Make sure the machine works as it should by running a wash cycle.

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