Transporting washing machines - Mookfish
Okay, due to a few car related problems etc money is a bit tight for the next couple of months. So guess what? the washing machine decides to blow up and would cost more than £100 for the parts to fix it. So as a stopgap I have been looking at second hand ones in the paper and have found that they can be had for not too much.

Now the real question, would it be okay to cary them in a car? Will it destroy the rear suspension? It would be either a 91 Renault 19 or a 98 Escort estate.
Transporting washing machines - R75
They are heavy, but no more so then a couple of adults in the back with a bit of luggage in the boot. Just remember that there will normally be water left in the pipes and pump s when you tip it up expect some of it to come out.
Transporting washing machines - Kevin
The Escort should handle it OK but ask if the seller has the washer's shipping bolts handy.

Kevin...
Transporting washing machines - Mookfish
Thanks, I thought it would be okay, but always best to check.
Transporting washing machines - Cliff Pope
In theory you are supposed to re-fit the shipping bolts to avoid damage as the heavy drum swings about. In practice I have carried dozens of unbolted machines without any problems. Just be prepared for a suspension spring (washing machine, not car!) unhooking itself .
Rest a sheet of plywood or chipboard on the boot lip, and you can lift/slide the washing machine in with less risk of damaging the lip or the rubber seal..

Even if you did overload the car (which one washing machine won't) it doesn't do any harm once in a while. It's the driving round corners and over bumps at normal speeds that does any damage, not the weight as such.
Transporting washing machines - jc2
Washing machines can be transported easily but watch out for washing-up machines-lots of wet salt in them-really good for your car.
Transporting washing machines - NowWheels
When I last had to transport a washing machine, the shipping bolts were missing. But I managed to improvise with some rope through the holes, which held the drum in place fairly well.
Transporting washing machines - Hamsafar
As said put plenty of old towels down, with plastic taulpaulin or polythene sheets on top (cheap at Wikos decorating section)
Even if you think you have got all the water out, it's amazing how much more can come pouring out!
Good luck, Zanussi Jetsystem washers are fairly long-lived.
Transporting washing machines - henry k
As said put plenty of old towels down, with plastic taulpaulin or polythene sheets on top (cheap at Wikos decorating section)
Even if you think you have got all the water out, it's amazing how much more can come pouring out!

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My machine, an AEG, has a drain tube at the bottom by the pump. No tools required to drain the machine and all the water drains out every time.
I am amazed all machines are not so designed.
I suspect the transit bolts are required when the transport is by container on ships not a gently trip in the back of a car.
Just try and lash it down and take it easy as a washing machine could restyle you head if you collide with something.
Transporting washing machines - bell boy
last washing machine that broke on me was due to the brushes in the motor having worn out,first so called repair place wanted £170 for a new motor second place wanted £100 for a s/h one or they could recon mine for about £70,last place i tried before i dumped the machine told me the truth about the brushes which i didnt know about till then and he sold me them for £8 and the machine worked for another two years, then the pump went ,similar to one fitted to some cars and that cost £25..............................
macro usually have an end of line offer on new washing machines for £200+vat im not sure i would be happy with a s/h one that may have been bodged together like a s/h telly i once bought at an auction and it worked for one day and blew up,when i took the back off it there were lots of safety pins soldered all over the board shorting out resisters etc,that taught me a valuable lesson on s/h electricals
Tip for you Mookfish a friend of mine runs a fitted kitchen company where they do everything from measuring to fitting in house,they rip everything out including sinks/washers /cookers/dish washers etc and these either get taken by the local scrap man or he pays to have them disposed of,my point being if monies tight and you have a similar place nearby put your brave hat on and have a word with the foreman or boss if they can im sure they will find you a jewel in a sea of mud

good luck..................oh and when bought take back off and stuff some towels down the side to transport it and watch you dont get a hernia..........
Transporting washing machines - Bill Payer
macro usually have an end of line offer on new washing
machines for £200+vat im not sure i would be happy with
a s/h one that may have been bodged


The failure mode in ours was that the inlet water solenoid - only in messing around with it did I realise that the machine didn't know it was empty and the water heater was glowing red!! The council took it away but shudder to think it might have ended up in someone's house.

Comet have new machines for £170 (inc vat) and there are probably cheaper places (perhaps selling damaged case machines etc). My FIL recently got a dishwasher for £100 from B&Q 'cos it had a dent in the side.
Tip for you Mookfish a friend of mine runs a
fitted kitchen company where they do everything from measuring to fitting
in house,they rip everything out including sinks/washers /cookers/dish washers etc and
these either get taken by the local scrap man or he
pays to have them disposed of,my point being if monies tight
and you have a similar place nearby put your brave hat
on and have a word with the foreman or boss if
they can im sure they will find you a jewel in
a sea of mud

That's a good idea - when our kitchen was refitted they just carted all the old stuff away, although the washing machine had already failed and been replaced, as noted above. There was nothing really wrong with the rest of the stuff, though.
Transporting washing machines - Stuartli
>>Even if you did overload the car (which one washing machine won't) >>

Unless it's a Miele...:-)

They are fitted with a properly constructed cast iron weight compared to concrete blocks in other makes - hence the lack of vibration when spinning at maximum speeds - and need two people to move them.

My best mate owns an independent audio/visual/appliances and Miele models being delivered in one of the vans normally require two people to do the lifting; one staff member is usually enough for other makes using the two-wheeled trolley...:-)

I wouldnt like to move our Miele machine.
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Transporting washing machines - mrmender
AS i have stated in a previous post my father and uncles bussness was domestic appliances sales and repairs with over 40 year in the busseness
You don't realy need transit straps, we certainly never used them, i have seen a variety of estate cars used in the transportation of wash machines from Morris Minors through to Volvo's no you won't overload it
My dad was a Miele dealer i've never found them much heavier lots of manufacturers use cast iron as counterbalence
Transporting washing machines - Cliff Pope
I think we are referring to two different kinds of securing means here:
Transit bolts are the internal brackets that lock the machines's own drum suspension rigid so that the drum, often heavily weighted with concrete, doesn't clang around inside the case and perhaps damage its mountings or some other component. No need, in my experience.
Transit straps might be a reference to a need to secure the machine in the car. Again, no need if you are careful. But bear in mind what a hundredweight of washing machine could do if you had to do an emergency stop, or swerved round a corner, or took a hump-back bridge too fast.
Transporting washing machines - George Porge
Whats the make of your washer and whats the problem with it?
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Transporting washing machines - Hugo {P}
Agree with the above, Any estate or hatch will take a washing machine provided that you can fit it in. The main problem you'll have is lifting it over the lip of a boot. Make sure there are two of you and if you can use a sack truck to move it over flat ground.

A quick tangent away from motoring here, but you could ask for a washing machine on Freecycle. I did this the other day when mine failed, and picked up a 5 year oldish machine that runs perfectly.

Look for your local groups

www.freecycle.org/display.php?region=United%20King...m.

OK, sorry i set a bad example here - AHEM back to motoring please ;)





Transporting washing machines - Bill Payer
A quick tangent away from motoring here, but you could ask
for a washing machine on Freecycle. I did this the other
day when mine failed, and picked up a 5 year oldish
machine that runs perfectly.
Look for your local groups
www.freecycle.org/display.php?region=United%20King...m.

That's very interesting - never heard of them, and there's a group in my area. My garage is full of perfectly usable stuff that I could give away on there.
Transporting washing machines - George Porge
I'm a member, why skip something thats of use to someone else?
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Transporting washing machines - Mookfish
Going to look into freecycle. Thanks for the tip.

BTW I've already looked into fixing the old one, and replaced bushes etc, and after a bit of investigation found out that most of the circuits are wrecked, and the motor itself needs replacing. So fixing it is not an option.
 

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