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  • Oct 8, 2008, 04:40 PM
    Kenmore Elite Front Load Washer Clunking Noise in Spin Cycle
    We have had a Kenmore Elite front load washer for a number of years (Model 970-38712-00). Today it started making a clunking noise when it started the high speed spin cycle (similar to putting a pair of runners in the dryer).

    I took off the back and spun the pulley by hand and heard a clunk noise, once every revolution.

    Is this a minor problem? Or should we shop around for a new washer?
  • Oct 7, 2009, 03:09 PM
    I have the same problem, what fixed it?
  • Apr 15, 2010, 08:49 PM

    Mine did the same. It sounds like the aluminum spider arm broke and is clunking around. It's hell to fix and you'll end up spending so much on parts and your time to repair it that you'll wish you simply bought a new one. Besides, the design is purposely planned obsolescence. Spend extra for a higher quality unit is my advice.
  • Apr 18, 2010, 08:16 PM
    Yes, this noise could be a broken spinner support; but it could also be foreign objects in between the tubs and (depending on where it is) could be fairly easy to solve. One wouldn't know until a proper inspection was made. If you're interested in keeping the washer, maybe its not that old, my recommendation is to call a service tech to make a proper diagnosis. That diagnosis charge could easily turn out to be money well spent by avoiding even more expense to attempt repair of a major malfunction. As far as "spend extra for higher quality unit", I can assure you that there is no way to do that. I have replaced MANY spinner supports and inner wash baskets in front loading washers that cost in excess of $1200.00, and most people would agree that's a lot of money to spend on a washer. Let me also assure you that what you pay for appliances doesn't necessarily equate to quality. The average consumer in this country really has no idea what they are buying. For example, there is a refrigerator on the market right now that is available under 7 different brand names. Still think name recognition means anything? Don't listen to anyone else's woes about what happened to them. Do what makes sense for your pocketbook. If fixing is cheaper than buying new or you can't afford to buy new, get it fixed. Just let the pros do it if you don't know how. Good luck.
  • Feb 28, 2012, 10:39 AM
    Let's say that there is in fact a coin or object between the tubs that is causing the noise. How would you get it out? Thanks! You are all great trying to help each other.
  • Feb 29, 2012, 06:05 AM
    The Kenmore Elite has a design problem where they used an aluminum spider gear with a stainless steel tub. This causes a reaction called electrolysis where the most reactive metal, aluminum, corrodes very badly and rapidly at all times until the spider gear is dissolved. See:
    Here is a list of metals and a saying to remember the list going from most to least reactive:
    potassium = please
    sodium = stop
    lithium = lifting
    calcium = charlie's
    magnesium = monkeys
    aluminum =and
    zinc = zebras
    iron =I
    lead =like
    copper =chasing
    silver = silly
    gold = giraffes

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