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I got some good help here many many years ago when the bearings went on my machine and I was looking for a replacement.

I ended up with a Zanussi which eventually went too and I replaced that with a LG F1281TD.
When I saw that it had a direct drive motor with a ten year guarantee I kind of assumed that it was not going to be prone to the bearing wear that I always seem to suffer from.

The machine has been getting louder and louder in its spin cycle so I am now starting to think that I was mistaken as it's just made an awfully loud knocking noise during the spin.

Are these direct drive machines still prone to bearing failure?

Kind regards,


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Hello Matt. I'm afraid it seems that most modern washing machines are prone to bearing failure. Drum bearing failure that is. It sounds like you have unfortunately got a lot of experience with this fault but just make sure it is the drum bearings though, as there are other faults that can cause a knocking noise. The best way is to take off the drive belt and then spin the drum by hand from the front. If drum bearings are going you should get a rumbling sound. Knocking noises can be caused by loose drum weights and various other problems - Washing Machine is Noisy | More causes of a noisy washing machine | What do noisy drum bearings sound like?

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