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Hello! I've decided to replace the noisey bearings on my Miele Washing machine. I reckon it must be about 25 years old so the drum was seriously stuck. However I have managed to pull the spider off and finally the remaining large bearing which left a rusty mess. See photo. My question is is this mess the remains of a washer or something? So how many components are there in the shaft system and what order are they in? There seems to be a big seal on the back of the tub, then the smaller bearing seal and then this washer perhaps. Thanks in advance and for taking the time to read this!

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Hi. There’s normally two drum bearings and a seal or counter face on the base of the drum shaft and a big seal that stops water getting to the front drum bearing. 

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You need some form of (often) ceramic disk at the base of the drum shaft. This then fits against the face of the main drum seal when assembled. 

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Thanks George. Are you able to buy all the parts with it being so old?

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I think there are parts available obviously the Miele branded ones are a bit expensive, a decidedly unfunny £200 for a bearing kit...

I guess it's not totally about saving money as I'm sure I'll end up spending more than a cheap 2nd hand washing machine. But it's keeping this quite impressive piece of domestic engineering going. I did think about getting rid of my old stuff and buying an Ebac and giving them a chance. Maybe some day. Included a pic of the double pulling rig I ended up with to pull the spider for general amusement 👍

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I’m not surprised at the price. It’s ludicrous. At that price I’d expect a new drum shaft at least. 
 

You can usually get bearings from a bearing company but you must have the proper seals or there’s no point fitting new bearings. 

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