How to Replace the Rear Bearing on a Whirlpool Duet Washer

David Clair

Whirlpool Duet front-load automatic washing machines are equipped with a rear bearing that supports the wash tub as it is rotating. If the bearing fails, the washer can experience problems, including a wash tub that does not spin. One potential sign of a bad rear bearing is a high-pitched squealing noise when the tub is spinning. Replace a broken or defective bearing to restore your Whirlpool Duet washing machine to proper working condition.

Step 1

Unplug the power cord. Turn off the water faucets connected to the washer inlet hoses.

Step 2

Remove the three screws holding the back of the top panel in place. Pull the top panel back and up to remove it.

Step 3

Open the washer door. Remove the screws holding the door hinges in place. Lift the door off of the cabinet.

Step 4

Pry up the door boot tensioner spring with a flat-head screwdriver at the base of the door boot. Remove the spring.

Step 5

Remove the screws around the edges of the rear panel. Lift the rear panel off.

Step 6

Remove the screws holding the upper and lower metal brackets in place along the back of the Whirlpool Duet washing machine. Lift the brackets off.

Step 7

Disconnect the water hose leading to the rear washer assembly.

Step 8

Remove the screws along the base of the front kick panel. Lift the panel off.

Step 9

Unplug the drain hose from the bottom of the wash tub. Set the hose on a towel to absorb any water that spills out.

Step 10

Slide the belt off of the motor pulley. Remove the bolt in the middle of the pulley with the socket wrench. Slide the pulley off the shaft.

Step 11

Remove the screw holding the ground wire to next to the pulley shaft. Move the ground wire out of the way.

Step 12

Place a wood block under the wash tub for support. Unhook the springs connected to the top of the wash tub. Lift the wash tub out through the back of the cabinet.

Step 13

Pry off the metal clamps around the edge of the tub with the flat head screwdriver.

Step 14

Lift the two halves of the wash tub assembly apart to expose the rear bearing.

Step 15

Pull the bearing off of the wash tub with the pliers. Set the new bearing into the bearing housing. Tap the bearing with a hammer until it is securely in place.

Step 16

Reverse the disassembly steps to put your Whirlpool Duet washing machine back together.