I attempted bearing removal with the outer drum in place but the old bearings were so tight I could not get them to budge. In the event I decided to remove the outer drum. To do this I had to remove the counter weights. Unfortunately I did not record the orientation of the bottom weight prior to removal. Consequently, I had to re-install the weight in the only way I could get it to fit, but it was fouling the pressure chamber on the bottom side of the drum,so I had to ease it off a bit. Also I am not sure if the W shaped necks of the retaining bolts are seated properly in the outer drum. This is really what I mean by the correct procedure. Also, should the bolt nuts be fully tightened, or should they be such that the weight is not touching the underside of the outer drum. I should have been more careful and taken proper notes during strip down, but we are where we are. Hope you can help.
The weight is oblong in shape with two thro holes to accommodate the bolts. It has a cut out bevel in part of the front face running top to bottom. If I had to guess i think it would be the first of the options you mention.
It will take me some time to be in a position to post a photo. I will try and do it ASAP, hopefully tomorrow.
Hope you got the images ok.
Thanks George, I will adjust bolts and test run tomorrow. I will let you know the outcome.
When I attempted to tighten the bottom weight retaining bolts I discovered that they had slackened off. Investigation showed that the bolt necks were not properly seated in the outer drum housing. On closer examination I concluded that I had incorrectly aligned the bolts. ie I had assumed that the neck of the bolts would lie in the housing groove, but I now realise that the bolt necks have to straddle the groove. This is a bit of appalling design. Important components such as these should be designed in order to prevent mal installation. The upshot is that I have re-installed the bolts, tightened them iaw with your directions and have test run the machine. Glad to say all appears to be well.
Thanks for your help and i am glad that the machine is back in business. I intend to give a good credit rating