How to Repair the Bearings in a Kenmore Elite HE3 Washer

If you hear squeaking, scraping or rumbling when you try to run your Kenmore HE3 washer, you might have a bearing problem. The bearings help rotate the tub smoothly and become worn over the course of your washer’s life. The replacement bearings come pre-assembled in the factory in either the front or rear variety. The process can vary depending on which HE3 washer you have, but it usually requires dissembling the unit.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Shop towel
  • Rachet set

Instructions

    • 1

      Turn off the power to the washer. Remove the plug from the socket or turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker box.

    • 2

      Remove the screws that hold the back of the unit in place and set aside the back panel. Remove the screws that hold the front door in place and set the front door aside. Use a screwdriver to pry off the boot spring and then pull the boot from the door.

    • 3

      Remove the rest of the screws that hold the front panel in place and set the front panel aside. Remove your kick plate by removing the screws and setting the plate aside. Pull the soap dispenser off the front of the machine by pressing the release button in the back of the drawer.

    • 4

      Remove the screws that hold the pump and motor in place and set them aside. Disconnect any wires still attached to the tub. Remove the belt from the back of the tub assembly. Remove the screws that hold the pulley on the back of the tub in place.

    • 5

      Pull the tub assembly out of the unit and set it on a towel to protect the floor. Remove the screws around the front of the tub to release the front bearing assembly. Turn the tub over and remove the screws from around the rear assembly to release the tub. Screw on the new front and rear bearing assemblies.

    • 6

      Reassemble your HE3 washer. Restore power to the unit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you’re buying the replacement bearing assembly for your specific Kenmore HE3 model.
  • Your Kenmore HE3 washer may be under warranty if it’s within a year of your purchase from a retailer or if you bought an extended warranty at your time of purchase. If your unit is under warranty, all service work must be performed by an authorized repair technician. Contact Kenmore for the name of a technician near you. (1-888-396-5295)
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