The washer was purchased in 1994. Yes it sounds like a dry brearing or a belt slipping like the sound of an alternator belt on a car, but it is not the drum bearing or the pulley wheel belt slipping.
Yes it sounds the same with a light load. It does get worse as the machine picks up speed.It is an intermitten whining sound that subsides as the cycle progresses.
Dear *****, you say it is the drum bearing that is the problem.Then surely it would make a worse sound on the spin cycle.The spin cycle sounds okay. I have tried the drum to see if there is any play on it but it seems free enough with no play on it.
Dear Micheal, when the washer is turned on on the wash cycle, the whining sound gets louder till it reaches a peak and then slowly subsides as the wash cycle runs it's course.