Thread Number: 73462  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
durability problems of ST Hotpoints,1958-72
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Post# 970080   11/26/2017 at 11:38 (357 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

Parents had a 1970 HP that was trouble free for 9 years until pump seal went out-pump,on bottom of motor outboard of pulley,had 4-blade plastic impeller molded around bronze hub/seal face held to shaft with a setscrew-was not a terribly easy repair for a 10yo kid to replace the pump :)In 1981,one of the 3 friction pads came off the clutch-new part NLA,so A"parts machine,~1965"was obtained(decently easy to find in 1981...)and parts salvaged.Next breakdown was about a month later-aluminum "sediment tube"corroded and broke apart,a piece jammed in the pump and locked the motor-in 1981 pump kits were the only replacement parts avalible for these washers.A new Kenmore was bought and I watched the Hotpoint get buried in the landfill next to a rollermatic :)I have heard of internal transmission problems with these Hotpoints too.

Post# 970095 , Reply# 1   11/26/2017 at 13:16 (357 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I have a late sixties, MOL Silhouette. It is currently a gravity drain machine.
Oh, I have a brand new pump. Problem is that the original pump pulley is fused to the motor shaft so perfectly that no amount of heat,cold or anything else can separate them.
So I will have to install an electric pump.

The toughest one of these machines I ever knew of was a mid sixties Penncrest MOL that ran just about non stop for a family of six well into mid seventies. Must have been the blue Arrow (Winn-Dixie) detergent they used.

Post# 970115 , Reply# 2   11/26/2017 at 15:58 (357 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
seized pump hub

Oh,it will come off-likely will require a hacksaw though,and that bronze does not cut real easy...Then,once hub removed,motor shaft may be too rusted to keep hub running true enough for seal to work right...Electric pump may be easier solution in that case :)Speaking of broken Hotpoints,the Hotpoint washer was teamed with a ~1958 silhouette.bought at rummage sale-this lasted a couple months until drive roller shaft wore through it,s nylon bushings and drive pulley sawed itself off.Dryer had a lighted panel and pedal to open door :)Dryer would have been an easy fix today....

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