How to remove a bearing from a Samsung washing machine drum

How to remove a bearing from a Samsung washing machine drum

Getting to the washing machine tank and removing the container from the body is not the most difficult thing to repair. It can be much more difficult to knock the bearings out of the washing machine drum. Especially if the ring is stuck to the shaft or partially destroyed. Even professionals spend a lot of time on this, but to the average user the work ahead may seem overwhelming.

We'll tell you how to remove the bearing of a Samsung washing machine. Let's figure out how to remove stuck clips from the shaft and seat. We'll explain which tool will help make the job easier and how to make it yourself.

We try to carefully knock out

Under normal conditions, knocking out the bearings of a Samsung automatic machine is not that difficult. When the rings are intact and not stuck to the shaft, they can be removed using a regular drift and hammer. You need to do this:

If the element cannot be removed with a chisel and hammer, spray the bearing with WD-40 spray. Next, you need to wait 15-20 minutes for the substance to take effect. Then try to remove the ring again.

In the same way, the internal bearing of the SMA is knocked out. With one difference - the drift must be placed on the inner race of the ring. Hammer blows should not be very strong.

In most cases, knocking out will remove both bearings entirely. It is extremely rare for part of the race to get stuck inside the drum or on the shaft. It is difficult to get it, but it must be done. We'll tell you how you can remove a dilapidated element.

It is necessary to remove stuck clips and their parts

It is better not to allow part of the bearing to remain in the washing drum. If this happens, you will have to stock up on additional time and tools. You need to remove the clip in any case - without this it will not be possible to repair the automatic machine.

To remove a stuck bearing race, you will need:

  • Hammer,
  • thin metal drift (diameter 1.2-1.5 cm),
  • slotted screwdriver,
  • Bulgarian,
  • gas key.

The algorithm of actions will be as follows:

  • Clean the seat,
  • Treat the "nest" and the rest of the bearing with wd-40 lubricant,
  • Wait 15 minutes for the liquid to take effect,
  • Use a screwdriver to remove all rust, wear and loose dirt from the holder,
  • Treat the assembly again with wd-40,
  • Wait another 10 minutes,
  • Turn the drum cover over and inspect the seat from the back side - the edge of the stuck bearing race will stick out there,
  • Place the drift so that it rests against the protruding edge of the stuck ring,
  • Moving the drift crosswise, tap the inner support.

At best, the clip will fall out after a few hits with a hammer. On average, you will have to tap the rim 20 times. If you cannot remove the damaged element, treat the assembly again with WD-40 aerosol lubricant. Wait 10-15 minutes until the support gets wet and continue knocking out the part.

Sometimes the bearing race remains not in the seat, but on the drum shaft. In this case it is necessary:

  • Treat the race stuck to the shaft with WD-40,
  • Wait 15 minutes until the part gets wet,
  • Twist the clip with a gas wrench.

If the key slips, you will have to use heavy artillery. Take a grinder, then:

  • use a grinding machine to make notches on the stuck holder on the right and left (this must be done carefully so as not to damage the shaft sleeve),
  • spray the area again with WD-40 aerosol, wait 15 minutes,
  • remove the rim with a gas wrench (the marks made with an angle grinder will help with this).

In any case, it will be possible to press out the broken bearing. The only thing is that the work can take from 20 minutes to several hours - depending on your luck. It is important to have patience and free time. You need to act as carefully as possible so as not to damage the tank and drum shaft.

Next, all that remains is to clean the seat from rust, dirt, traces of wear and metal shavings. Then you can begin installing new components - bearings and oil seal. The rings are pressed in with the same drift and hammer. The tank and the washing machine itself are assembled in the reverse order.

Make a simple puller

Service center specialists and private craftsmen use a puller to remove washing machine bearings. You can make such a tool yourself, from several pieces of iron and a regular bolt. It will take half an hour to make the device, but in the future pressing out the rings from the SMA drum will not cause problems.

To construct a puller you will need:

  • Bolt,
  • Nuts and washers,
  • A piece of round steel pipe,
  • Angle grinder,
  • Set of wrenches,
  • Vice,
  • Pliers,
  • Electric welding.

The further algorithm of actions will be as follows:


  • Using a grinder, divide the bolt into two halves,
  • Clamp the bolt in a vice,
  • Use a grinder to grind down the edges of the bolt head (this should be done until its diameter is just slightly larger than the leg),
  • Use a grinder to cut off the excess part of the bolt head,
  • Prepare a narrow strip of metal to place between the halves of the bolt (it will wedge its parts),
  • Take a small piece of steel pipe and a washer, weld them together (this way you can form a kind of “nest” for the bearing),
  • Place the “welded” cylinder on the seat in which the bearing is located,
  • Insert the bolt into the bearing hole, then wedge it to begin screwing the nut.

This way you can unscrew the bolt, which will lift the bearing. Due to this, the ring will be squeezed out of its seat without much effort. The device is reusable, so it can be used for every similar washing machine repair.

It is not very convenient to unscrew the bolt leg yourself, so it is better to immediately cut off the side edges at the top and weld a nut in this place. This way you can place the puller, unscrew the nut and immediately squeeze out the bearing. The process of pressing rings out of the washing machine tub will become more comfortable.