BOSCH clasixx 1200 WAE24162 - HOW TO replace bearings

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Well what a disappointment, like us you probably shelled out £379 for a quality German brand and about 2 years later the bearings are noisy as hell on spin and your facing throwing it because it is uneconomic to pay a bloke to fix it even though the part is only £35 quid (from ebay)
so I will guide you through changing the bearings.
This guide is for Johnny VVgood at DIY and fixing things and could (or has) changed faulty bearings on a car for example (similar jobbie)
This guide is NOT for gladys have a go, but a bit clueless really.

DIAGNOSIS
1) NOISY AS HELL ON SPIN
2) OPEN DOOR AND PUSH DRUM UP AND DOWN REPEATEDLY LOOKING FOR ANY PLAY OR CLUNKY NOISES - found some - yeah your machine is 2 to 3 years old then , lots and lots fail - the probable reason is stated at the end of this guide

ACTION
1) Order a bearing kit Bosch originals on EBay £35 -
containing a) 1 big front bearing b) 1 small rear bearing c) 1 bearing seal d) 11 screws e) a big rubber seal

2) you will need spanners and torx head set a hammer and a bearing puller if poss (small guage) or you can use a metal rod to punch out

3) disassemble as follows
UNPLUG AND KEEP UNPLUGGED
First we need to free the drum and remove it so ...
machine on back drop off rubber outlet pump hose from drum
remove drive belt from motor (pull and turn to drive it off)
remove 2 motor bolts and electric block (pinch the release catch - dont force or damage) = motor= out
lid off (2 screws)
top concrete balance weight off ( 2 bolts and slide back)
remove soap dispenser and pipes off
any other stuff connecte to drum OFF
DRUM = free from all wires and pipes ...............NEXT
unscrew front top control panel (no need to disconnect IF YOU ARE VERY CAREFULL NOT TO PULL WIRES open pump door remove pump filter - remove bottom kick strip, then remove the 2 screws at the base of the FRONT PANEL
now open door and remove the wire that holds the door rubber in place around the edge (spring loaded) - fold rubber into drum
the front panel can now be freed to do this you pop the two push in retainers (like a car door card) at the bottom - then hold bottom 2 inches off the machine and push whole panel up - it will now lift off but you need tyo disconnect the electric block from the door catch as you remove it - to clarify this of the whole machine front panel including the door etc
Next remove the circular concrete from the front of the drum
then remove the two bolts from the suspension struts (they stay on when you pull drum out)
NOW
check the drum is 100% free and ready to come out (remove any cross bars stopping this - obviously)

NOW LIFT THE DRUM OUT - THIS IS THE PART WE ARE INTERESTED IN
We need to SPLIT THE DRUM INTO ITS 2 HALVES
Remove the spider the thing the drive belt goes on to - lock the spindles with a hammer handle and undo the bolt 4 turns (hit the bolt with a hammer
it protect it with a piece of wood - to free from bearings) now remove the bolt.
next we need to remove the RING OF BOLTS that hold the 2 sides together - do this like a cylinder head od a car ie not clockwise in order but 1 6 3 9 2 7 ETC opposites so not to distort the seal.

>>>CRITICAL PART<<<<
you will see al around the drum a set of TABS that push into the opposite side and lock like a latch ... we need to REMOVE THE CATCH PART WITHOUT PUNCTURING THE DRUM - the bearing kit says to cut them off - this is messy - what you want to do is use a small VERY SHARP chisel to shave off the locking tab latch - BE VERY VERY CAREFUL
Split drum
Replace bearings
Replace seal replace drum seal
Use old and new bolts to reseal drum
Reassemble
DONE
BOSCH = QUALITY ... ahem NOT THIS UNIT MATEY ... absolute rubbish inside

FAILED BEARING SEAL MADE IN INDIA (is that a suburb of Stuttgart ? hmmm dont think so ...)
FAILED BEARING SAID MADE IN POLAND
DIAGNOSIS: THE FAILED INDIAN SEAL ALLOWED WATER TO FAIL THE POLISH BEARING(s)
 
Thanks BOSCH for allowing me to be kidded into thinking I had got a quality washer – NOT THE CASE
Internals are rubbish – hence many like me miffed at a 2 year fail of bearings –
 
MORAL OF STORY –
Bosch made in German factory = probably quality
Bosh Made plastic tub low price model = RUBBISH COMPONENTS = RUBBISH COMPONENTS = RUBBISH RELIABILITY

NOTE TO SELF – DONT BUY ONE UNLESS IT IS 100% manufactured in Germany, hmmm thats if I ever want to spend £600 on a washer
 
LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED THIS FAIL ON KELKOO ETC
VERY POOR SHOW BOSCH TUT TUT
I hope this helps anyone who is determined to get a few more years out of their £379 washer – its really worth £179 in my book – BYE BYE BORSCH I WONT BE BUYING FROM YOU AGAIN
Good luck with your bearing change  
Hope my guide helped you ...
next time ... how to mangle a rubbish Borsch washer with a sled hammer and then buy a Beko for half the price