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Washing Machine Drum Bearing & Seal Kit Stock Number: ES174409

Genuine spare part for select Bosch, Neff and Siemens washing machines

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Manufactured by Bosch

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Washing Machine Drum Bearing & Seal Kit

Are you hearing strange crunching noises from your washing machine during the wash cycle? This could be the grinding of the bearings and points to the potential need of new bearings for the drum in the machine. With the help of eSpares and this replacement bearing, we could soon help get your washing machine performing back to its best again.


  • This kit comprises of 2 bearings and 1 seal
  • Bearing Size: 6205Z & 6306Z
  • Seal Size:35/72/10/12

Genuine spare part for select models of Bosch, Neff and Siemens washing machines.

Please check the list of suitable models to ensure that this spare part will fit your appliance.

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9 Questions and 15 Answers

Can you please tell me what sort of sound the bearings make when they are worn/on-the-way-out Thanks

By sapper786 - Scotland - 17 October 2010
  • Chris from eSpares
    Chris at eSpares says...

    Replying to 'Tweak'. The catching noise may be a foreign object like a bra wire that is catching the drum but if you have 2 to 3 mm of play as described the bearings are likely to be failing. I have known one 'ball' to break leaving a gap in the bearing race that can cause the play to increase significantly when the gap is identified.

  • I suspect our Bosch washing machine has a bearing problem. Not as described above but when the drum turns, either by hand or with a load, it sounds as though there is something catching between the drum and the main body. After getting the covers off and checking the play between the drum and the casing I am suspecting an imminent bearing failure and ordering a new set, as the drum has a lot of play (2-3mm) The sound is like a small piece of wire caught somewhere in the drum and only happens when the rotation direction changes. By Tweak - Salisbury - 07 November 2014
  • this is an easy question to answer.......if you think you are under attack from either an apache air attack helicopter or a tornado jet fighter when the washing machine is on then your bearings need replacing! seriously tho, if the noise you hear changes with the speed of the drum then basically its bearings...hope this helps By vixen - cornwall - 24 March 2011
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I have cleaned out the powder tray, cleaned out the discharge pipe, cleaned out the sump and the pump filter. I have also flushed the machine with calgon various cleaners and white vinegar. This improves the situation for a short time then smell returns. Any suggestions?

By Two Darts - West Midlands - 23 June 2014
  • I always leave the door of my washing machine & the detergent tray open when I'm not using it, so that air can circulate. This also dries it out & stops mould growing on the seal. By jimbob047 - Cambridge, UK. - 29 December 2014
  • Chris from eSpares
    Chris at eSpares says...

    If you do not let the machine dry out mould and bacteria come back quickly. For more info see our advice article and video:

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After carrying out some bearing replacements, I ran the washer on a quick cycle, no clothes all was good. Second attempt with clothes and started to get a squeaking noise after about 20 mins. Any help on this would be great.

By deano - Hereford - 05 December 2013
  • That's interesting. I have just replaced my bearing, seal, door seal and drum. It now runs fine but squeaks at low speed. Not the belt or the front seal, its from the rear so I think it must be the new rear seal. By Bob R - Suffolk - 10 October 2015
  • Chris from eSpares
    Chris at eSpares says...

    First you need to identify where the squeak is coming from. If you confirm it only occurs when the drum rotates then it suggest it is either the bearings or perhaps more likely deposit on the drum shaft rubbing on the seal (this could be limescale or detergent). Before stripping and reexamining the bearings try removing the pulley and moving the drum shaft in and out whilst still assembled by knocking the shaft with a mallet or piece of wood to prevent damage. Then reassemble and use a washing machine cleaner and a hot wash. This may be just a new seal 'bedding in' but carry out the above advice if you want to try to sort it out quickly.

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We have a Bosch WFO2460. With no load in the machine, it seems to work ok, but with half a dozen items of clothing, the drum doesn't spin. The motor seems to be functioning properly, the motor turns, the belt is fine and the big pulley wheel turns. The drum kind of swaggers a little turning maybe 1/16th of a turn before coming back to where it started - then doing it again.

By Noee - Melbourne, Australia - 16 November 2013
  • I wonder if the pulley wheel could be loose on the drum spindle? By Jimbob046 - Cambridge, UK. - 29 December 2014
  • Christopher from eSpares
    Christopher at eSpares says...

    Check the motor brushes (see our video: How to replace washing machine carbon brushes in the advice centre) and replace if necessary.

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By frybo - - 25 January 2011
  • Hi. Check first that the machine is pumping out OK. I once had a Hotpoint that wouldn't spin up to full speed until the water level had dropped below a sensor somewhere. The pump was being impeded by a tiddly-wink stuck in the serrations of the outlet hose so the water level never got low enough in the time allowed for pumping out for the full-speed spin to kick in. A quick poke through with a plant cane and it worked fine again. By Anonymous - London - 17 January 2013
  • Rory from eSpares
    Rory at eSpares says...

    Hi frybo, the first thing I'd check is the motor. The belt runs round that at the bottom of the machine. Is that running? If the motor's fine, next thing to check is the pulley that the belt rounds around. Is the bolt or other fixing parts that are holding that in place damaged? If the pulley's fine, the last thing it could be is the bearings or drum spider. To check if they're damaged, you need to see if the drum is loose within the machine. Hold on to the door seal and the drum at the same time; if you can move the drum up and down, the bearing or spider are most likely gone.

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