Whirlpool washer making terrible knocking noise in spin cyle

by Esposito
(New York)

Whirlpool Heavy Duty Super Capacity LSR7233EQ0. There is a terrible knocking noise during spin cycle (the same one that happens sometimes when the clothes are all bunched to one side and their weight needs to be more evenly distributed). Also I see that the tub is not sitting/resting properly in the machine. Even when empty it is tilted toward the right and to the front.

Find your part:



Take the case off of the machine

Once the case is off you can check to see if there is a spring broken. There will be one spring at the back that is the one that will typically break. Actually it doesn’t break, the hole that it connects in rusts out. The spring holds the machine part up straight and if it is broken it will lean forward. If this is your problem you will have to drill another hole for the spring. If not check for any broken springs.

Thank you,

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Nov 20, 2012
Kenmore Knocking Sound When Spinning
by: Grandma

My Kenmore 90 Series works just fine except makes a horrible knocking sound when spinning. It sounds like the noise I might hear if the clothes were off balance; however that is not the case. The washer is level and stable, and does this no matter what is in it or even empty. What can this be? The springs are all attached and in the proper places.

Nov 21, 2012
by: Shawn/admin

Under the washer you will find six plastic bearings that the tub slides on. (They are little plastic pads). If these pads are still in place try putting a little Grease on them to make the tub slide on them better.

If not the tub may be loose or you may have some other problem but try this first and we will go from there.

Nov 21, 2012
Kenmore Washer
by: Grandma

Well, the washer no longer spins. In addition to the noise, it just drains and doesn't spin. Great!

Nov 21, 2012
by: Shawn/admin

Now when the washer should be spinning does it make any noise at all.

Nov 21, 2012
Kenmore Knocking
by: Grandma

Yes, it makes the same sound as when it was spinning. Just knocks like crazy. Pumps out the water, but doesn't spin at all. Washer is very stable and level. When it was still spinning, it didn't move at all. If not for the noise, you would not know by looking at it that it was spinning. The clothes were very dry and now suddenly, it stopped spinning at all. I would say something was on its way out.

Nov 21, 2012
by: Shawn/admin

I think the block that holds the tub to the brake assembly is broken. You will have to remove the agitator to look at this block to confirm. What you are looking for is a shaft that locks into a block with a big spanner nut.

But it depends on where the noise is coming from. It could be in the transmission or possibly the clutch (unlikely).

There is a picture on this page that shows the block on just a bare transmission (not in a washer and without a tub).

Block Drive And Shaft

Nov 21, 2012
Kenmore Washer Knocking
by: Grandma

Well, it looks like a big deal to fix. Guess I will go looking for a used washer. I really appreciate your help. Happy Thanksgiving!

Feb 27, 2013
Tub not spinning
by: Anonymous

This could be an easy fix. I had this same thing happen to my washer and it was the "dogs". The agitator in the washer has a cap that you can pop off. There should be a plastic lid type thing with a rubber seal. Pull this out. There is a bolt in the washer - this will require a long handled ratchet to take off - when you pull the part out there are plastic "dogs" that grab the part that causes the tub to agitate. The parts cost around $7 and a little elbow grease.

Feb 01, 2014
Banging noise while spinning
by: Greg

Whirlpool top load direct drive washer makes very loud banging noise only while spinning. With each bang the agitator catches slightly. It does this with or without a load. No broken springs, that plate the drum rests on is not out of place. Could this just be the drive block or might the transmission be broken?

Feb 04, 2014
by: shawn/admin

It could be the drive block I don’t see it being the transmission but it could be. Normally the drive block will make more noise when the brakes are being applied (door opened or it gets to the end of the cycle). Sometimes when the drive block breaks it damages the brake shaft and that also needs replacing. The only way to find out is to remove the tub and look at the drive block. You will need a spanner wrench to remove the tub.

Sep 06, 2015
whirlpool banging
by: Rob

Top loader bangs violently during spin cycle with or without clothes. took the case off, all springs are there and seem okay. what is the most probable cause?

Sep 08, 2015
by: shawn

Hi Rob,

The first thing I would look at is the leveling feet. All feet should be solidly on the floor.

Next look at the balance weights. I have seen some break off which may mean you need a new tub. however I think if this happens it will spin fine with no clothes.

The next thing is to look at the spin basket (some people confuse this with the tub but it is the part that spins not the part that holds the water). It should not move independently from the tub (they should move as one). If the spin basket is loose from the tub you will have to replace the spin basket.

The shocks could be bad, look at the shaft of the shock and see if there is any rust that may cause them not to work normally. If they get suck it will shake pretty bad.

Dec 14, 2016
Shawn was right
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem with my 22 year old Kenmore (Whirlpool) direct drive washer. Shawn was right on the money -- the lower mounting hole for the rear spring rusted out and released the spring. Easiest fix I've ever had on that machine.

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