Hi to you from David ,'The Famous Forry'
New Year Greetings to you and your family.
This may be your bearings or as you suspect the brake binding on to tightly. How old is your appliance and has it ever been serviced?
Whirlpool/Kenmore Washing Machine Drive Motor Coupler Replacement (part #285753A) - YouTube It may be the motor coupler worn. Here is how to change/replace. Please click the link.
Great video. Should help you a lot. Please remember to Isolate from the electric before attempting any repairs.
Yes I believe there quite universal
Well not exactly as it may be your pump rotor also, but if you follow this tutorial you will discover the problem as you go, whilst servicing your appliance at the same time and gaining a better understanding of the workings for future repairs if needed.
Yes all the parts are available seperately. If you require any more help please just ask regards David.