Recently, my washing machine (a cheap and cheerful Beko WM5101w) started to sound like a banshee when on a spin cycle. I’m a pretty hands on kind of guy, so I thought I’d take it apart and replace the bearings.

After some searching, I managed to find a bearing and seal kit for about £20. Bargain! I spent some time taking necessary bits off the machine – weights, pulley etc. Only to find that the outer drum is welded together. This means the inner drum can’t be removed and the bearings can’t be replaced. This is fairly common on washing machines in the last few years apparently. Just an FYI.