- Flange Shaft Assembly
Customerwilliam from IL
Samsung wf331anw-xaa front loader excessive shake and would not advance spin cycle
Various nut drivers, phillips & straight blade screwdrivers, dead-blow hammer, socket wrench with extensions and swivel head, needle-nose plier.
Repair & Advice
Broken spider -arm (inferior product design/material), common to most front load washers. If you are not willing to do this repair yourself, the washer becomes a throwaway because professional repair costs will exceed the value of the machine. I ordered the new arm as well as the six mounting bolts, and the rear tub seal. YouTube videos provide very good sequencing steps. The removal of the nut from the rear shaft was difficult. Used a box-end wrench and a dead-blow hammer to loosen the threadlocked bolt. When you pull the outer wheel of the drive motor, expect resistance. It is lined with magnets. Various mechanical and electrical disconnections must be performed (pictures a +) On the bottom of the tub is a crescent shaped piece that holds some wires with twist ties. Remove the twist ties and release. Pull off the crescent piece. This will leave a flatter shaped bottom and allow easier clearance when removing the drum assembly. A 4x4 wood block placed below the tub to provides support while releasing the tub springs. Tub removal is manageable without removing weights. 4 of 6 bolts to the spider arm broke off. Once removed, I had to strike the shaft with the dead-blow hammer to separate from the tub. One arm of the three was completely severed, and significant degradation to much of the aluminum material. The cavities were filled with soap residue and decayed metal. On-line highly recommended epoxy coating the new arm to stave off future decay.I had the piece powder-coated in a high gloss finish. The shaft seal was near failure. The housing bearings were in very good condition. In my machine, the Inner Bearing is an HCH 6306Z. The Outer bearing is an HCH 6305Z. I lightly lubricated the shaft seal with silicone grease. Ensure the seal is fully and evenly seated. I used a socket wrench extension rod to tap around the perimeter a few passes until no further movement. I cleaned the surfaces with glass cleaner and 000 steel wool. Lightly coated silicone grease on the gasket between the tub halves. I took several passes while tightening the tub bolts to prevent cocking. While everything was disassembled, fully cleaned and flushed the pump and pump plumbing and inspected the pump blades. Reassemble all parts in sequence, verify your work and definitely make sure all water passage plumbing connections are tight. I don't think you can beat PartsDr for timeliness of processing orders, correctness of parts or pricing.