hotpoint Ultima Extra washing machine banging and squeeling!

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I have got a hotpoint ultima 1600 spin washing machine and it is making loud banging noises and its making squeeling noises when on a spin. I have looked at the drum and if i try and move it around it is really stiff and makes a clicking noise. Will be very grateful for any help.
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sounds like the bearings have gone.

look underneath can you see any brown stains at the back of to the drum (opposite end from where clothes go in)

a;sso poke the "ribs" of the big wheel (pulley) do any of them move?
 
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as i said sound like bearings have gone, parts are cheap, but you need special tools to do the job, i suggest you call hp (when i used to do it i changed whole outer tub and spider (easier for me)
 
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Thanks Breezer, as you said you need special tools well i was just wondering i am fitter for a General Motors and was wondering would i possibly have the tools i need for the job or are they special tools used by the washing machine engineers. Thankyou for your help.
 
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we used a steel collar, 2 thick steel washers (same size as bearings) 1 big steel washer that was bigger than diameter of collar, high tensile steel bolt, U bolt lots of spanners, they were custom made for hp,
 
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Thanks again Breezer for getting back to me, i think the best thing i will do is like you said in the first place and call a HP engineer lot less trouble and messing around.
 
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if he does a bearing change, give him loads of room, (he really will need it) and lots of tea
 
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Get a quote from Hotpoint before you give them the go-ahead. You may decide to get a new machine as they are very expensive for their repairs.
 
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Thanks fido for that was actually considering if it was worth buying a new machine.
 
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