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I have a miele W853 - I have changed the suspension struts but the drum still moves more than I would expect. I have bought 1 new spring to replace to compare the stretch/tension. I will replace all if this looks promising. I cannot find advice on changing the springs (they are under a fair bit of tension). I have got the plastic holder off the top (wonder if I have to undo bolts on the drum spring holder). any advice would be appreciated.

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I would think it very unlikely that you would ever need to replace the drum springs that hold the drum central from the top. The suspension dampers yes, but not if it's those really strong big springs at the top. When you say the drum moves more than you'd expect, that doesn't sound too serious? Is the washing machine itself moving about or just the drum inside?


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Hi Andy, the machine does not move but the drum vibrates a little on spin - I must admit the springs all look the same. we tried a short wash with the lid off - because I had never seen how much a drum moves I was not sure how much it should move and couldn't find a video of how it should be. I replaced the suspension dampers  in good time before the machine started to violently rock so little strain was put on the springs. As you say the springs are very robust so I think we will put the lid on. we noticed a small weep from the hose on the top of the drum(the hose from the soap dispenser). I have smeared silicone around this not knowing if there is a special sealant - do you think this will work.

thanks very much for your reply

stephen

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It's normal for a washing machine drum to vibrate quite a bit. It will vary depending on the loading, but as long as it isn't swinging about so much it's hitting the sides it should be OK. There is a specific washing machine sealant. I always used to use Debor (washing machine sealant) but sealing a washing machine hose with sealant that has "give" in it is OK.


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