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Hi All,

I have a Samsung Ecobubble WF1602W5S which has worked fine for about 3 years now.

My wife recently washed a load much heavier than the recommended load which seems to have damaged something at the back of the drum. You can read my discovery thread here (posting while working) https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/251958/Drum+struggles+to+spin

As you can see no one has answered me over there so though I would look for help here.

As per my last update in that thread, I have opened the back and can see the motor is spinning, the belt has tension and is spinning the spindle behind the drum, however the connection between the spindle and the drum itself seems to be the problem as it is lose, if I hold the spindle I can turn the drum and visa versa.

I attempted to losen the nut at the back to try and see if I could find anything interesting but could not get the nut to budge, no matter how hard I tried.

Does anyone perhaps know what the problem could be or recommend a better way of trying to remove the rear nut other than just holding the spindle in place and hammering my spanner?

Regards,

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After doing some more research it seems the issue lies with the drum spider, I doubt it is a bearing issue, as the unit still spins smoothly, it is just that the motor and the drum are not fastened to eachother, which I imagine they would have to be unless there is a mechanisim which can hold them together or let the one spin freely for some other reason?

I still have not managed to get the rear bold off to try and investigate it myself.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Could the bolt holding the drum pulley on be a left hand thread?

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To be honest I didn't check, if I remember correctly there was a large washer blocking view of the thread, I will give this a shot and see if I can get anywhere turning the other way.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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The bolts fastening the drum pulley on are either secured in using loctite or have locking tabs to prevent them coming undone. If there is no locking tab then it must be held tightly in place by loctite although most manufacturers use some form of locking tab. Bolt could be left or right thread but most likely a normal thread. The problem with not knowing which thread is that if you guess wrong you are actually tightening it instead of undoing it and you can sheer off the bolt head. This would in effect ruin the machine so be very careful.

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