Yeah thought of that too, but i couldn’t get the shaft seal out either (i literally broke a screwdriver on the damn thing) and heating that up would have been messy. I was literally minutes away from throwing that darned thing on the trash.
In the end, some silicone spray and liberal amounts of ye good olde brute force (sparks and all) got the job done. I have the tub reassembled and the drum runs silky smooth now, before you could feel that a bearing was going bad when you turned the drum. I’ll give it a whirl tomorrow and see if all the seals are tight again. Wouldn’t surprise me if that darned thing sprang a leak after I’ve put everything back together.
As bad as the rest of the machine is for serviceability (you can’t get the front panel off, at all), the bearings are surprisingly accessible, you just have to wedge the backplate past the small panels on either side one side at a time, then drum will come right out.
Yeah but I’m a sucker for hating to throw away a machine in perfectly working condition that just needs spares for 20 bucks. That sort of thing irks the tree-hugging idealist inside me.