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Drum bearings gone on my WT540/1P washing machine. I am on

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Drum bearings gone on my WT540/1P washing machine. I am on one of the northern isles of Orkney. No Hotpoint engineers on the island. Any advice greatfully recieved. I would be able to do the repair myself with some written instructions. If I got it to pieces I would order parts needed. I think the cost of putting it to the mainland to be repaired would be too much so nothing ventured nothing gained.
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Unplug the appliance and take the top off of the appliance.

Look at the plastic tub.

Around the middle of it is a seam.

Is this seam screwed together?



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes it is


OK, in that case you can change the bearings, bearing seal and tub seal on your machine.


Unplug the appliance, take the top and rear panels off.

Take the dispenser out.

Open the door and take the door seal retainer off.

Peel the door seal off the front panel.

Take the screws out of the door lock.

Take the plastic panel under the front panel off.

Take the screws holding the front panel out.

Take the screws in the dispenser out.

Take the knob(s) off.

Take the facia panel off. Be careful not to disconnect any wiring till you make a diagram and take photographs.

Take the screws holding the front panel on out.

Take the front panel off.

Take the dispenser unit out.

(you'll need to disconnect hoses etc to achieve this).

Take the bar across the front top off.

Take the spring retainers out.

Disconnect all hoses and wiring from the tub.

Cut any cable ties around the tub.

Once everything has been disconnected from the tub, lift it out of the appliance.

At some point in the disassembly you'll have to disconnect the motor and take it off.


Split the tub apart.

Take the pulley off the rear.

Take the inner drum out.

Once this is out you can remove the rear bearing, front bearing seal and front bearing.

Fit the new bearings and bearing seal.


Fit a new tub seal.

Reassemble the appliance.


Hope this helps

Let me know how it goes or if you need more help



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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

There is only a small panel across the bottom which will let you at the motor on the back of the washer. There is no access to the centre of the drum at the back, only a bracket that holds the transit bolts - different to older machines where it was easy to get in to work at it from the back.

Do you take the drum out through the top rather than out through the front?


It's all done from the front.

If you follow the instructions I've put you should manage it.


Just disconnect the motor from the rear.

Take the motor off from the rear.

Everything else, done from the front.



Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Thanks for your help. I'll try this.



If you get stuck with it, just post here and I'll continue helping.


Good luck with it.