If your washer has become particularly loud and is even vibrating obsessively during its spin cycle, you might look to a worn or broken shock absorber as the cause. It is important to remember that a number of issues can cause this symptom, and unless your shock absorbed are visibly damaged, they do not need to be replaced. Shock absorbers don’t “go bad” so much as they physically break. That being said, if yours have broken, they are very simple to replace, but it does involve taking a large part of your Whirlpool washer apart.
Before you begin, you will need:
- To unplug the washer
- Disconnect the washer from the water
- A nut driver
- A flathead screwdriver
- Something to proper up the washer (it can be anything solid, like a bit of wood)
- A replacement shock absorber for your Whirlpool Front Load Washer
How to Replace the Shock Absorbers in a Washer
To replace the front absorber, start by removing the screws on the top back of your washer with your nut driver so you can slide off the top of your washer
Opening the washer door, depress the clamps so that you can remove the boot seal and loosen the seal from its position
Propping the washer up, remove the screws at the very bottom of the front panel and then the screws above it at the door latch.
Now you will have access to the front shock absorbers. To detach these, you need to depress the locking tabs at the top, rotate it, and do the same with the lower mount. Now install the new shock absorber at the bottom first, rotating it into place, then do the top
Reassemble the washer