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WP Direct Drive Burning Smell
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Post# 1045768   9/23/2019 at 14:16 (1,611 days old) by shanenc14 (Tennessee, USA)        

I have a Whirlpool Gold Direct Drive washer w/ 3-speed motor. (Model #: GSW9800PW2) When I run a wash load on the Fast/Fast speed, I start smelling a burning smell that smells somewhat like burning oil. If I run the cycle on Low/High, I don't smell anything. The machine is NEVER overloaded, always plenty of water. About a year ago I had to crack open the gearcase and replace the neutral drain assembly. At that time I cleaned out the gearcase with a paint brush and paint thinner to get out all oil residue, and refilled with fresh oil. Based on the Youtube vids that I watched prior to replacing the neutral drain, the gearcase needs 85w-90 gear oil; however, I picked up 85w-140, and had already refilled the gearcase, and sealed it up with RTV before I noticed that I got the wrong weight oil.

At that time, I posted on here about my dumb mistake, and all replies said not to worry about it as long as the washer isn't in a garage in cold weather which, of course would make the oil become much thicker. The machine is indoors with adequate ventilation.

At the time I replaced the neutral drain assembly, since I had the machine torn down that far, I also replaced the pump (OEM), Heavy Duty coupler, clutch assembly, skate plate pads (crescent shaped ones only), and agitator dogs (complete assembly).

Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this burning smell, considering the machine has been maintained well, other than the screw up with the 85w-140 gear oil? Should I go to the trouble of opening the gearcase again and replace the oil with 90w?

Post# 1045775 , Reply# 1   9/23/2019 at 15:21 (1,611 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Check for a loose wire connection.

Post# 1045781 , Reply# 2   9/23/2019 at 17:09 (1,611 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Could be the speed select switch, if it has one.

Post# 1045783 , Reply# 3   9/23/2019 at 17:11 (1,611 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Does it drain and spin at high motor speed without the burn smell or just when it agitates?

Post# 1045790 , Reply# 4   9/23/2019 at 17:50 (1,611 days old) by shanenc14 (Tennessee, USA)        

@Coldspot - It seems to be only after it's been agitating for a bit. Also, Yes, I have a speed selection switch with 6 wash/spin speed combos.

Post# 1045791 , Reply# 5   9/23/2019 at 17:55 (1,611 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Hot Smell

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Question, What is getting so hot ?, is it the motor or gear case ?


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Post# 1045852 , Reply# 6   9/24/2019 at 12:40 (1,610 days old) by shanenc14 (Tennessee, USA)        

I'm not 100% positive, but since the smell is like burning/hot oil, I would make an educated guess that it's the gearcase getting hot.

Post# 1045946 , Reply# 7   9/25/2019 at 14:28 (1,609 days old) by shanenc14 (Tennessee, USA)        
85w-140 affect on temps

Would the 85w-140 vs 85w-90 gear oil make the gearcase run at higher temps?

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