How to replace the outer tub on a Whirlpool Duet or Kenmore Elite

These videos will help show you how to replace the rear outer tub on a Whirlpool Duet or Kenmore Elite. The videos should give you a good idea how to replace the outer tub on just about any front load washer. The reason for replace the rear or front outer tub would be if you have a hole in them or the bearings are bad in your rear tub. There are people who have successfully replaced just the bearings and seal on a front load washer. These two videos will at least get you to the step to remove the rear tub.

I have yet to find a front load washer that was worthy to try just replacing the bearings. I have removed the bearings though just for fun :) and I’ll make a video or supply pictures of that.

Part 1

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Part 2

7 thoughts on “How to replace the outer tub on a Whirlpool Duet or Kenmore Elite

  1. a real laundry technician

    Just fyi, those star bit or metric screws you keep talking about are actually Standard (not Metric) 9/32, also when replacing the rear tub of the washer you really should always replace the basket as well, since 99% of the time the shaft of the spider is bad as well.

    It is also best to take the air dome off before you remove the tub as well as you can break it when you set it down on the ground or when you are taking off your tub clips.

    And last but not least, you do not have to mark the position of the clips before taking them off, you should just know where they go if you look at the front tub that you are not replacing by looking at the marks left by the clips when you took them off. If you ever need help from a real Laundry Technician feel free to call a real repair company, like Sears, or A&E Factory Service, at least these guys know what they are doing.

  2. washerdryerrepairhelp Post author

    Thanks for the tips! You are probably right about the basket too. I think I need to place my about information in a more prominent location. I’m obviously not a service tech trained by Whirlpool or any other manufacturer. I’m a full time children’s pastor and fix used appliances on the side for extra income.

    Since we live on one income, we end up fixing just about everything that breaks around our house. I have the utmost respect for every honest service technician. They get paid for the their knowledge and experience and they are probably worth every penny that they are paid and then some.

    My website however is geared towards people like me. People with limited incomes and the ability to use a screw driver will at least look into fixing their appliances, plumbing, electrical etc themselves because they don’t want to be charged labor on top of the cost of a part that can be easily installed.

    The most ridiculously priced repair in the appliance world is bearing failure. Most people don’t want to pay half the cost of their machine to fix it. It’s a shame that manufacturers make products that are destined to fail after a short period of time. That’s why I try to give what information I can to fix this problem or refer people to a resource that can help them do so.

    Thanks again for your comment.

  3. David in Nj

    Thank You!Thank You!Thank You!

    You are a legend amongst men.

    This guy is saving people the cost of a new washer. May more people have your kindness and willingness to teach others.

  4. repairguyinks

    I fix appliances for a small local repair company. The owner of the company will soon be sending me to a factory course on how to change the rear bearing on this model washer. So I have been doing as much research as I can ahead of time. First I would like to say something about the post from “a real laundry technician”. I can understand how he feels about someone posting videos instructing people how to do repairs on thier own appliances. You are taking the work out of the hands of people with years of experience and giving hope to people with little or no experience. These people could hurt or kill themselves attempting to do this repair or damage the appliance further. Most will probably work part way through, get stuck and have to call a repairman who might charge more because the appliance is partially taken apart or decline to do the repair at all. I can tell you from my experience that it is a slap in the face when I find a customer has tried to do my job and then call me when they find out they cant half way through. This happens more often then you would think. I have done similar work on washers and I can tell you this is not a project for the faint of heart. It is a kind thing that you are doing by making this video to help others, but you have to consider the damage you might be causing. As far what was said by “a real laundry tech” big deal if you were off on the size tool you use for the screws. Anyone with any real mechanical skill would figure that out on thier own prety fast. For your experience I thought the video was fairly accurate. When the laundry teck refered to using a real company like sears or A&E he gave himself away. He probably works for this company. What he didn’t say was A&E is Sears masked under a different name. Sears is a big company and they really dont care about thier customers or the people working for them. I work with several old sears techs and I have heard alot of bad stories about the company. Sears will charge 100-200 dollars for a service call, just to come out, even without a repair. That is why they will not be around much longer. You are always better off going with a small local company to keep your money in the community. As far as replacing the tub when you do the repair I dont think you have to replace the whole tub, I think you can just get the spider and shaft without the tub and as far as I can tell from watching other videos on the subject you might even be able to get it in a kit with the rear bearings and seal if that is the repair that is needed to be done. But it doesn’t always need to be replaced and sometimes just needs cleaned with a lime or rust remover and soft rag. It is a high priced repair as you said but if you can not afford a repair that would cost half the price of this washer then you should get a cheaper model. Direct drive washers are a fraction of the price to buy and repair. They last longer and are better suited for a DIY minded person. I have had enough of my own DIY adventures to know things rarely go as easy as they do in the video you watch on youtube. A proffessional will know how to handle these unexpected problems that may come up. And you wont have an angry wife that cant do laundry because the washer is in peices and you cant get it back together. If you do it srong yourself you are out your own time and money, if the tech does it wrong or damages anything allong the way then he will have insurance and the responsability to make it right.

    1. washerdryerrepairhelp Post author

      Well said. I agree or at least understand where you are coming from. I can see how some might think of me as being the magician that tells everyone how to do the tricks. I do believe that some people don’t have any business trying to repair anything because they are a danger to themselves :) Those people shouldn’t even try. I also think some people buy front loaders when they can’t even afford them. Like you said they would be better off with a direct drive Whirlpool. I actually recommend them to anyone before I’d recommend a front loader. Thanks for your comment.

  5. washerdryerrepairhelp Post author

    Also, to my knowledge, most of the front loaders in the US do not sell the spider arms separate.. Replacing just the bearings is considered a little unorthodox here. I don’t believe any US manufacturer is supply bearing kits for front loaders. There are people who are successfully doing it with common bearings and a seal made specifically for water applications.

    I’m unaware of any manufacturers selling bearing kits except for the top load Whirlpool Cabrio, Maytag Bravo, and Kenmore Oasis kit.

    If you find out about it, let me know. Keep in touch.


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