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Hi all,

ZANUSSI ZWF1430W

My w/c had a small leak and when I removed the top cover I found that the small top vent hose was the source. That has now been fixed by replacing the hose.

However, in the process I observed the drum and noticed it moving around a lot. The problem is that I don't have experience of doing this on another w/c so no idea if this movement is within normal range or it is excessive.

This link shows the w/c doing its wash cycle: https://youtu.be/uJLYt8HD-Vc

This link shows the w/c draining and ramping up for its spin cycle: https://youtu.be/l-gp--lpdXk

 

Does anyone have a comparison to know whether this is normal or not. If not normal then I presume I am looking at replacing the two shock absorbers at the bottom?

 

Edited by Dazie
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Hello Dazie. Yes everything looks perfectly normal there. The drum is held in place with springs and is supported on suspension dampers so it is totally designed to move around and absorb movement. The amount of movement will vary depending upon the load inside. If you have an uneven load inside then the tub can sway around quite a lot and potentially even thump against the sides.

You may find my article on how to load a washing machine of interest as it describes the best way to get a nice even load and how to avoid getting an uneven load which can in extreme cases damage the washing machine

The best way to load a washing machine

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The best way to reduce movement and therefore stress on the hose is to put good balanced loads in 😁

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