Bosch Washing Machine Bearings [How To, Issues & Solutions]

This guide gives you steps on how to deal with issues regarding Bosch washing machine bearings…

What Causes Bosch Washing Machine Bearings To Fail?

The main thing that cause Bosch washing machine bearings to fail is rust. If the bearing seal gets damaged, water will leak from the tub and onto the bearings.

How To Replace Bosch Washing Machine Bearings — Solved

To replace your Bosch washing machine bearings, here are the steps you’ll need to take…

Step 1. Make sure to shut your washing machine’s water supply faucet and unplug the power cord from the outlet before starting this procedure.

Step 2. With a Torx screwdriver, take out the screws securing the rear access panel to the cabinet. Pull the panel upwards, then lift it off the machine.

Step 3. Carefully take the drive belt off the drive pulley and motor pulley. Unplug the wire connector attached to the drive motor at the bottom of the tub.

Step 4. With socket wrench, loosen the bolts holding the drive motor assembly to the bottom of the tub. Carefully pull the drive motor out of the cabinet, then set it aside.

Step 5. Pry the lower front access panel off the machine, then set it aside. Open the door of your washer.

Step 6. With your Torx screwdriver, take out the screws holding the door lock to the front panel.

Step 7. Pry the retaining band off the door boot seal using either a pair of needle-nosed pliers or a flat-blade screwdriver. Peel the door gasket off the panel.

Step 8. Go to the back of the machine and use your Torx screwdriver to loosen the screws holding the top panel to the cabinet. Slide the panel backwards, then lift it off the machine.

Step 9. Slide the soap tray out of the housing, then press the little tab inside to release it.

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Step 10. Using your Torx screwdriver, remove all the screws holding the control panel to the front of the machine.

Step 11. Pry the panel off the cabinet. Note the positioning of the electrical connectors attached to the control board, then unplug each one.

Step 12. Set the control panel aside. Use your Torx screwdriver to loosen the screws at the top and bottom of the front panel. Pull the front panel upwards, then lift it off the cabinet.

Step 13. With a pair of pliers, release the clamp on the detergent dispenser hose attached to the tub, then slide the clamp out of place. Pull the hose off the tub.

Step 14. Using your 13mm socket wrench, loosen the bolts securing the counter-weights to the top and front of the tub assembly. Carefully lift each weight off the tub.

Step 15. Note the positioning of the electrical connectors attached to the heating element, then unplug each one.

Step 16. Use a 10mm socket to loosen the heating element bolt. Slide the element out of the housing and set it aside.

Step 15. Use a pair of needle-nosed pliers to release the air pressure dome from the retainer at the side of the tub.

Step 16. Spread a rag underneath the tub to catch any water leaks. Use your screwdriver to loosen the screw-clamp on the sump hose. Pull the hose off the tub.

Step 17. Use a 13mm socket wrench to loosen the upper mounting bolts of the shock absorbers. Pull the two shock absorbers off the tub, then set them aside.

Step 18. Lift the two shock absorbers off the cabinet, then lower the tub assembly. Carefully guide the tub out of the cabinet.

Step 19. Turn the tub assembly upwards and set it on two supports. Using your Torx screwdriver, loosen the bolts holding the two halves of the outer tub together. Lift the front half of the outer tub off the assembly, then set it aside.

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Step 20. Turn the tub assembly over and set it on the support. Using socket wrench, loosen the bolt holding the drive pulley to the bottom of the tub, take the pulley wheel off and set it aside.

Step 21. Turn the tub assembly over. Lift the outer tub out and set it aside. Using a mallet and a hammer, knock the outer bearing out of the tub.

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Step 22. Turn the tub over, then knock the inner bearing and seal out of the tub. Take the old bearing parts put and discard them.

Step 23. Remove your new washing machine bearing kit from its packaging. Push the new outer bearing into the seat and knock it into place using a mallet.

Step 24. Turn the outer tub over and knock the new inner bearing into the seat. Push the new bearing seal firmly into place.

Step 25. Lower the inner tub into the outer tub. Turn the tub assembly over. Put the drive pulley onto the shaft, then apply the bolt using your socket wrench.

Step 26. Turn the tub over again, then put the front half of the outer tub onto the assembly, then apply the screws using your Torx screwdriver.

Step 27. Carefully guide the tub assembly into the cabinet. Attach the two suspension springs to the tub. Lift the springs and hook them onto the cabinet.

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Step 28. Snap the shock absorbers into the mounts, then apply the bolts using your socket wrench.

Step 29. Connect the detergent dispenser hose to the port at the top of the tub. Secure the hose by tightening the screw-clamp.

Step 30. Mount the motor at the bottom of the tub, then use your socket wrench to apply the bolts. Reconnect the wire harness to the drive motor.

Step 31. With the grooved side turned inwards, loop the drive belt around the two pulleys.

Step 32. Snap the rear access panel back onto the cabinet, then use your Torx screwdriver to apply the bolts.

Step 33. Slide the heating element back into the housing. Apply the bolt using your 10mm socket to secure it to the tub.

Step 34. Plug each electrical connector into its appropriate terminal. Reconnect the sump hose the outlet port, then secure it by applying the screw-clamp.

Step 35. Mount the counter-weights onto the tub assembly, then apply the bolts with a socket wrench.

Step 36. Lift the front panel carefully and snap it onto the cabinet. Using your Torx screwdriver, apply the screws at the top and bottom of the panel. Snap the lower front access panel back on.

Step 37. Open the door of your machine and push the lock assembly back into place. Use your Torx screwdriver to apply the screws.

Step 38. Carefully fit the door gasket around the panel. Using your flat-blade screwdriver, fit the retaining band around the gasket.

Step 39. Plug each electrical connector to its corresponding port on the control panel. Mount the panel on the cabinet and use your screwdriver to apply the screws.

Step 40. Slide the soap tray back into the detergent dispenser. Put the top panel back onto your washer and apply the screws at the back using a Torx screwdriver.

Step 41. Reconnect your washer to the power outlet and turn the water faucet back on. To ensure that the problem has been fixed, try running a spin cycle.