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Post# 951604   8/4/2017 at 16:15 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

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I have a Lady Kenmore Portable washer I bought earlier this summer. It began to leak water, and it was coming from the side of the tub where the water pressure switch/tube go. I tried to seal it with silicone adhesive, it worked, but it began to leak again.

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Post# 951626 , Reply# 1   8/4/2017 at 21:31 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Air dome

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That part is called an air dome. It is present in every belt drive washer, full size and portable, from at least the early 1970s, maybe earlier, to the end of the belt drives in April 1987.

Is this part cracked or damaged? If not, it's probably the seal that goes with this that is leaking not the dome itself.

Wash the dome completely, and remove ALL the silicone from the the seal and the tub wall. Clean any deposits from the seal and the tub, there is a good chance a new, solid connection to the side of the tub without residue or debris will make a good leak free seal.

If not, the part number is 360804. There should be new ones available.

Gordon


Post# 951632 , Reply# 2   8/4/2017 at 22:42 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        
So it's the air dome

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Thanks for the help! This is my first Whirlpool Belt Drive washer ever. I paid $45.00 for it, and it's matching dryer. The washer did not spin, or agitate when I fist got it. I added oil to the transmission, and it began to agitate and spin again. The air dome is cracked:(, but atleast it is able to be replaced. I eventually need to get a lint filter for it, but I am going to get that later on. These portable Whirlpool/Kenmore washers are really well built, compared to the diposable junk they sell now.


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Post# 951662 , Reply# 3   8/5/2017 at 08:57 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
Not only are they well built,

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But they also had one heck of a spin speed.
There were a lot of good Whirlpool designs which got tossed out in the name of corporate greed through the years and this was one of them.


Post# 951665 , Reply# 4   8/5/2017 at 09:26 by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

I don't consider the 550 RPM spin speed to be a major strong point for the old Whirlpool belt-drive machines, but they were pretty durable.

Post# 951666 , Reply# 5   8/5/2017 at 09:44 by stevet (palm coast florida)        
Spin Speed

Panthera is referring to the fact that the portables made by Whirlpool had a higher spin speed than the normal sized machines. This was done, from what I have read here and experienced myself, to spin dry the clothes more so there would be less moisture for the small portable dryers to have to dry thus lessening the dry time and energy usage.

I used a portable Kenmore than I got from another member for a short time and it not only out cleaned my duet on my work clothes, but did, in fact, spin them nearly dry at the end of the load.

I am sure that some of the members here can provide the spin speed specs for these units.


Post# 951667 , Reply# 6   8/5/2017 at 09:49 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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spin speed for the portable belt drive machines was 900rpm

Post# 951668 , Reply# 7   8/5/2017 at 09:49 by kenwashesmonday (Haledon, NJ)        

Oh, I see. Thanks for setting me "straight".

Post# 951686 , Reply# 8   8/5/2017 at 11:51 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
Thanks, Martin

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I didn't know it was quite that fast, though, having one, I knew it was much faster than the usual super-slow Whirlpool speed.
Ken, if you've never encountered a belt-drive portable or a DD portable from Whirlpool, you don't know how good their technology could be. I really, really REALLY don't like Whirlpool, not even a little bit, but their pre-electronic trash portables were about as good as it gets.


Post# 951711 , Reply# 9   8/5/2017 at 17:41 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        
Don't like the new washing machines at all!

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Those HE machines have nothing on the vintage washing machines, at all. I absolutely don't like those Samsung, or LG washing machines, they cost easily $1,500.00, and the dryers cost just as much as the washers do, and they won't even last 6 years. The ONLY good top load washing machines that are around are: SPEED QUEEN.

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Post# 951712 , Reply# 10   8/5/2017 at 17:42 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        
Don't like the new washing machines at all!

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Those HE machines have nothing on the vintage washing machines, at all. I absolutely don't like those Samsung, or LG washing machines, they cost easily $1,500.00, and the dryers cost just as much as the washers do, and they won't even last 6 years. The ONLY good top load washing machines that are around are: SPEED QUEEN.

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