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Post# 986044   3/10/2018 at 09:25 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I am visiting my parents in Florida. The Washer is leaking oil. I am in the Sarasota Englewood area. Does anyone know of a repair service that would fix this seal and not tell them the machine is junk ? It is running very smooth and quiet so far.

I would say this just started as there was no oil on the floor last winter when they used it. The machines came with the house and they love them.

Any help would be appreciated.

I donít recall but are there any members that would want to do this repair for a fee ?


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Post# 986063 , Reply# 1   3/10/2018 at 13:10 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

The other option is finding a donor machine to take the transmission out of it and use it in this? Its a teardown but why not rebuild the machine with a new seal, dampers, and everything while youre down there. Make it last another 30 years.

Post# 986067 , Reply# 2   3/10/2018 at 13:42 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Well, I am only here for a few weeks and I donít have time or the knowledge to do the rebuild. Dishwashers ate a bit easier

I am going to call around on Monday and see if I can find someone to repair it.

Thank you for your thoughts.

Post# 986080 , Reply# 3   3/10/2018 at 14:39 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I was thinking along the same lines....

shop some local used appliance shops and see if you can find a donor...

but just flip the top over to the new base unit.....

just mark and disconnect the wires from the water valve and the motor....and re-attach in the new base....

in under an hour you will be back in action....

Post# 986091 , Reply# 4   3/10/2018 at 15:49 by super32 (Blackstone Massachusetts)        

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What model is it? Its possible it may be one of those models around the transmission change that has the seal in the bottom that is easy to change.

Post# 986092 , Reply# 5   3/10/2018 at 15:54 by good-shepherd (New Jersey)        

That looks like a 12 series or later machine which should have the replaceable low lip seal and does NOT require any major disassembly.

Looks like this:

Relatively easy fix for an honest repair tech.

Post# 986102 , Reply# 6   3/10/2018 at 17:33 by bendixmark (Winchester Mass)        

You could also just blast the bottom with degreaser and the machine would probably go another 5 years without a problem.I have done it many times.

Post# 986111 , Reply# 7   3/10/2018 at 19:05 by stevet (palm coast florida)        
Bring it over!

Ed, here's a great project for us to work on! Have the space in the garage all ready and waiting for you!

Post# 986122 , Reply# 8   3/10/2018 at 20:32 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Hi Steve.

I am going to call a. Pulls of Mom and Pop shops here in Englewood.

Letís see what happens. You working or on call tomorrow ?

Post# 986155 , Reply# 9   3/11/2018 at 08:59 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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As Mark suggests, don't repair, just clean everything up, put on a new main drive belt and sit the washer on a piece of low pile carpet or heavy cardboard [ to catch any oil that drips ] and let the washer run, I do this all the time with old leaky MTs and they have usually run another 5-10 years without doing anything.


Next best thing would be putting in a new transmission, top seal assembly, lucubrate the damper, replace the inlet valve, replace the little rubber thingy in the inlet air-gap [ $500.00 ] and then you have a good shot of the washer lasting 5-10 more years, till the timer gives up or the outer tub rusts out.


John L.

Post# 986175 , Reply# 10   3/11/2018 at 14:33 by good-shepherd (New Jersey)        
could also just blast the bottom with degreaser

That is no slow oil leak, it's all over the pulley, belt and perimeter of the base plate.

Should be properly repaired with a new lip seal and lube the damper pads while opened up.

Maytag revised the seal so owners didn't have to live with the Exxon Valdez under their washer.

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