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GE Washer Vibrating or Shaking


The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Washer vibrating or shaking are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Washer vibrating or shaking

Cause 1Shock Absorber

One or more of the shock absorbers might be broken or worn out. The shock absorbers dampen the vibration of the washer tub. If one or more of the shock absorbers are worn out, the washer will vibrate or shake. Sometimes, when a washer is moved to another location, the shock absorbers can separate. Check the shock absorbers to ensure that they are positioned correctly, and inspect them for damage and wear. If one or more of the shock absorbers are broken or worn out, we recommend replacing all of the shock absorbers as a preventative measure.

Shock Absorber for your GEWashing Machine
Shock Absorber - Part # 1264427 Mfg Part # WH01X10343
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Cause 2Suspension Spring

One or more of the suspension springs might be broken. The suspension springs help to absorb the movement of the washer tub. If a suspension spring breaks, the tub might become unbalanced, causing it to shake and vibrate during operation. Inspect the suspension springs to determine if any of the springs are broken. If a suspension spring is broken, replace it.

Suspension Spring for your GEWashing Machine
Suspension Spring - Part # 1168651 Mfg Part # WH05X10009
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Cause 3Shipping Bolt Kit

Washer vibration can occur if the shipping bolts have not been removed. All front loading washers are delivered with shipping bolts to stabilize the drum system during transportation. The bolts are located at the back of the washer and they must be removed before use otherwise the machine will shake and bounce around significantly.

Shipping Bolt Kit for your GEWashing Machine
Shipping Bolt Kit - Part # 1535108 Mfg Part # WH49X10047

Kit - shipping bolt

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Cause 4Rear Drum with Bearing

The rear drum has a bearing or bearings in it to keep the inner tub spinning smoothly. If the tub bearing system is defective the washer can develop a bad vibration. On some machines bearings are sold separately from the rear drum, however we recommend replacing both the outer drum and bearing as an assembly if the manufacturer offers the components together because removing and pressing in the new bearing can be exceptionally difficult. Be aware that replacing the outer tub and bearing is also not easy and can be very costly.

Rear Drum with Bearing for your GEWashing Machine
Rear Drum with Bearing - Part # 1168849 Mfg Part # WH45X10071

Rear outer tub with bearing and seal. *Bearing only available with tub assembly, not available separately.

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Cause 5Leveling Leg

Check to see if the washer is level, and adjust the leveling legs if necessary. Always lock the legs in place after adjustment to keep them from getting loose.

Leveling Leg for your GEWashing Machine
Leveling Leg - Part # 1168860 Mfg Part # WH46X10130

Leveling leg with nut and pad

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