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Kenmore washer leak
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Post# 977838   1/11/2018 at 02:13 (283 days old) by wazzabie (USA)        

I have a leaking washer at this location shown in the picture. Can this seal be replaced from the bottom or much I remove the outer tub?

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Post# 977850 , Reply# 1   1/11/2018 at 06:28 (283 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Looks to be integral or welded

not riveted.

Post# 977864 , Reply# 2   1/11/2018 at 08:25 (283 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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there are 4 bolts that hold the outter tub to the base plate....

that rubber port is squashed between the outter tub and the base plate....

if you are going to pull the tub, you will need a new tub seal, and have to clean up the post really well for a good seal...

depending on the leak and how bad, is the rubber cracked open?.....I would check into sealant first...

from the pic, the tub looks in good condition....if there was a lot of rust, that would be a concern...

Post# 977892 , Reply# 3   1/11/2018 at 11:58 (283 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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I've sealed 2 Kenmore tubs successfully with leaks at that point, without taking apart the tub from the baseplate. PErma-Tex Red sealant/gasket from any car parts store. I've done red goop inside the tub, all around that metal to rubber connection, 2 coats, and also under the baseplate where it pokes through. 2 coats. IT's far easier than full disassembly. And what I have also done, OTHERS PLEASE CHIME IN WITH ADVICE, is clean up where the rubber center seal surrounds the upright tube, and goop up some red gasket sealant around there too. And around those 4 bolts. When the stuff dries(read the tube) but before any re-assembly, put drain hoses back in place, and the pump, etc, fill the tub with water and see if you're all better.

OTHER KENMORE FOLKS ARE SMARTER THAN ME, read plenty of other advice. These are rock solid performers, long lasting machines, but can need some leak repairs as they head into their second generation.

Post# 977903 , Reply# 4   1/11/2018 at 16:17 (282 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

I've done something similar, Mark. After rebuilding my Kenmore machine, I sealed the drain port and every other seal inside the tub just as a precautionary.

Post# 977921 , Reply# 5   1/11/2018 at 18:37 (282 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Fixing WP BD Washer Outer Tubs

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Hi Mark & Kevin, Yes you can often seal the leaks in these tubs without disassembly in the ways you guys mentioned.


The best way to repair severely rusted center posts is to slide a SS sleeve over the outside of the center post and weld in place at the bottom, this will work even if the CP has small holes in it.


John L.

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