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I have a 6 year old Lavamat 46200 (electrolux) and lately it has started making a horrible loud grinding noise and vibrations when it reaches high speed (1200 /min) spin,  lasting for about 5 minutes. As soon as the speed decreases, the noise and vibrations disappear and the spin sound becomes normal again.

If i set the spin cycle to 700/min then the problem doesn't happen. I've tried googling it and have found a short 2 min video depicting the exact same problem as mine: https://videa.hu/videok/tudomany-technika/aeg-lav46200-centri-1200-fordulat-centrifugazas-hiba-mosogep-gaDQJsBa4kOo2vd0

Any suggestion on how to fix it is welcome.

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On 24/06/2018 at 20:46, Paul44 said:

I have a 6 year old Lavamat 46200 (electrolux) and lately it has started making a horrible loud grinding noise and vibrations when it reaches high speed (1200 /min) spin,  lasting for about 5 minutes. As soon as the speed decreases, the noise and vibrations disappear and the spin sound becomes normal again.

If i set the spin cycle to 700/min then the problem doesn't happen. I've tried googling it and have found a short 2 min video depicting the exact same problem as mine: https://videa.hu/videok/tudomany-technika/aeg-lav46200-centri-1200-fordulat-centrifugazas-hiba-mosogep-gaDQJsBa4kOo2vd0

Any suggestion on how to fix it is welcome.

One of 3 things, (I believe) is your problem. 1.There could be simply a Bra Wire or other foreign object between the stainless steel inner drum and the outer plastic drum.

2. Again, between the inner and outer drum at the back is the spider arm. A 3 armed metal bracket that holds the drum, shaft and bearings together. This arm is commonly eaten away, dissolved or attacked by the more superior metal albeit the inner drum caused by electrolytic corrosion. 

3. The bearings have gone. This is normally causèd by overloading, uneven balanced loads during fast spin which puts immense pressure on the bearings. To test, see by lifting the inner drum if the gap between the inner and outer drum increases and decreases at the bottom behind the door rubber gasket. The inner and outer drum should raise and fall together equally in sync. 

1. Is an easy fix

2. Is a complicated costly fix.

3. Newer machines tend to have sealed drums, requiring a whole new drum which can cost approx £200+ and may well need a complete strip down to remove and replace.

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Thanks a lot.

I'm going to google everything you just wrote, hoping in can DIY (it's a second hand unit i've bought just 2 months ago for 150 bucks).

At the moment, the unit works just fine using spin at 700/min, so even if i don't manage to sort it out, i'm still going to have a working unit, even though the clothes are a little more water soaked when coming out.

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That sounds pretty bad when it kicks into faster spin. Sounds very gnarly, like a dry and worn out bearing. I wouldn't be surprised if you can lift the drum up and down on the shaft. Check out my comprehensive articles on noisy washing machines - washing machine is noisy - more causes of a noisy washing machine

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