Washing machine bearings are small metal balls that allow the washing machine tub to rotate. They are located in a round track near the center of the tub.
Washing machine bearing failure is often characterized by loud noises during the wash cycle. Bearing failure may also be indicated by excess water in the washing tub or a drop in the location of the metal drum. The easiest way to diagnose a bearing failure is to turn the drum manually while the washing machine is empty. If the drum is difficult to turn, the bearings may have failed.
Repairing washing machine bearings involves using special tools to access the bearings. It is recommended that only professionals attempt to repair washing machine bearings.