How to Remove Items from a washing machine drum like bra wire, coins, screws

by / Tuesday, 18 October 2016 / Published in Drum & Bearings, Heating Systems, Washer Dryers, Washing machines




How to remove bra wire, coins, screws from a washing machine drum

 

Washing Machine spare parts

 

If your washing machine is making an unusual noise like knocking scraping or scratching, this video will help you remove items from the drum there are also videos below to help you remove items from the sump hose and the pump system. The most common items that can get lodged in a washing machine drum are bra wire, coins, screws , baby socks, rags and general items that get left in pockets in 35 years of fixing washing machines I have seen All sorts, Some of the best finds i have had are wedding rings and Jewelry I think I must have had the few ounces of broken necklaces in this time.

Cheap Borescopes for mobile phones and tablets

Cheap Borescopes for mobile phones and tablets

 




If you have an item stuck in your washing machine there are only really only two ways to obtain access to the drum .

Bra wires get caught around washing machine heating elements

Bra wires get caught around washing machine heating elements

The first is to remove the heating element this will give you a sideways view at the bottom of the machine,  you may also need to rotate the drum while looking through the hole.

The second way is to remove the sump hose You can see how to do this in  our other video I have put the link below link below.

Once you have seen the item that you need to remove you may need  something to hook the item out with,  I use a long screwdriver with a hook on it cut a metal coat hanger  cut and bent over at the end is a great DIY tool for this job.

Once you have found the item and removed it I still recommend that you remove the sump hose  and also inspect the pump filter for any debris. 

There is a video below showing you how to maintain your washing machine pump

 

The most common Things to look out for if your washing machine is still noisy are

  • items rattling around in the drum watch this video above.
  • concrete balance weights can become loose or cracked.
  • The  main motor can become loose on its  brackets.
  • The main pulley wheel may have a fracture in it.
  • The drum  bearings maybe warn.
  • The spider that holds the bearing system together to the drum may be fractured.
  • Suspension legs are worn or broken.

If you do not deal with these faults or noises  immediately they can become become catastrophic I need to the total failure of your washing machine

 

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You can see the damage a sock has done to this washing machine drum

If your washing machine is making an unusual noise like knocking, scraping or scratching, then this will help you.
First unplug your washing machine before doing any sort of maintenance.
One of the most common causes of strange sounds in your washing machine is due to objects like bra wire, coins, screws getting into the drum that shouldn't be there. The main cause of this is overloading, when a drum is overloaded small items can be pushed towards the glass and then pushed between the door seal  and the inner drum This is where the damage can be caused.

 

I have been using these Bore-scopes to find foreign objects in washing machines for years They plug into any mobile phone and you can buy them for iPhones as well tablets and PCs
You can only find them for under £10 I have put it link here

Cheap Borescopes for mobile phones and tablets

Cheap Borescopes for mobile phones and tablets

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bra wire, coins, screws , baby socks, rags all get stuck in pump filters

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baby socks, screws and coins all can damage drums

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washing machine concrete counterweight brake if they are loose

washing-machine-broken-spider

Drum spiders can brake when drums are jammed

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Motor brackets brake if left loose

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Pulley wheel can crack and make a lot of noise

One Response to “How to Remove Items from a washing machine drum like bra wire, coins, screws”

  1. Zoë says : Reply

    You are a wonderful man! You have saved us a fortune, taught us valuable skills and made me feel very proud of myself. This is a brilliant tutorial and I just wanted to tell you how grateful we are to you. Thank you thank you thank you. We owe you a beer! Xxx

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