I was just given a Fisher and Paykel washing machine which is only 5 years old, however it apparently goes out of balance on the spin cycle. The guy who gave it to me said that he phoned a repairer who said "oh yes...that will be the suspension arms.....they are notorious for that".
I've looked at it briefly, but I can't see anything wrong with them...not that I know what they are SUPPOSED to look like if they're good.
The whole bowl is suspended from 4 thin arms and at the bottom end they are spring-loaded. Stabilizing the top, there are 4 thick rubber bands ( ! ! ) pulling in a V-shape at each corner of the bowl. Could they be getting a bit slack too ?
The wild card is this : I brought it home on it's side and a small amount of water leaked out when I turned it on it's side... as you'd expect, but when I turn the bowl, I can hear water swishing around at the TOP. There is a kind of circular ring-thing all around the top of the bowl.....but the water which I seem to hear in in it had not leaked out when I had the machine on it's side ! Could this water be the culprit, unbalancing the bowl ?? And what IS this arrangement, anyway ? It is about 3 inches (10 cm) in diameter, and seems to mostly be open at the top. I can squeeze my hand in a bit but can't feel water in there....