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Post# 1134061   11/20/2021 at 17:14 (189 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        


Could anyone give a recommendation as to what is making the noise in my Amana LW8203W2 washer in the video linked below? Also, the pump seems to be leaking a little on occasion. Is it difficult to replace? Thanks


Post# 1134077 , Reply# 1   11/20/2021 at 19:57 (188 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Is this in the spin cycle? The hardest part of changing a pump on these machines is if it is seized on the motor shaft. There are two screws at the bottom of the front cover. Remove these and swing the front panel out from the bottom to disengage the clips at the top. You have to remove the belt(it probably needs replacing), the two hoses on the pump, then remove the four bolts holding the motor on and remove the assembly so you can turn it upside down to get the pump off. I would run it with the front cover off to be sure the pump is leaking and not the main tub seal before doing anything.

Post# 1134085 , Reply# 2   11/20/2021 at 20:21 (188 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

Yes, it's the spin cycle. It does seem to be the main tub seal as well. It's leaking right where the pump attaches.

Post# 1134089 , Reply# 3   11/20/2021 at 20:41 (188 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Amanas from this period are notorious for failed tub seals.

Post# 1134096 , Reply# 4   11/20/2021 at 21:09 (188 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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If the main tub seal (on the bottom of the tub where the transmission goes through) is leaking this machine needs a major rebuild. Also need to pin down the noise before moving along with this project. Itís doable if you have some mechanical skills, time, and money to put into a machine that was built in the mid nineties. These machines were built like tanks but itís probably impossible to find a service person who would be interested in a job like this.

You would need:

seal kit

the upper bearing

the belt

the pump

Post# 1134101 , Reply# 5   11/20/2021 at 22:26 (188 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

I could probably do it if I could find all of the correct parts, but I've never taken a washer apart before. My dad is a mechanic so most of my experience is on that end of things.

Post# 1134102 , Reply# 6   11/20/2021 at 22:36 (188 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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If youíre interested post a picture of the model/serial tag and Iíll get the part numbers for you.

Post# 1134104 , Reply# 7   11/20/2021 at 22:52 (188 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

Thank you!

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Post# 1134165 , Reply# 8   11/21/2021 at 19:11 (187 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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I would be absolutely sure the main tub seal is leaking before tackling that job. I also recommend using only genuine RSPC or Whirlpool parts as they were designed for the proper operation of these machines.

Belt RSPC 28808 Whirlpool WP28808

Pump RSPC 201566P Whirlpool 27001233

Seal kit Whirlpool R9900552

Bearing RSPC 27182 Whirlpool WP40004201P

Post# 1134212 , Reply# 9   11/22/2021 at 10:06 (187 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

Is it difficult to replace the main tub seal?

Post# 1134214 , Reply# 10   11/22/2021 at 11:41 (187 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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It can be. The hub is made out of a pewter material and usually crumbles making it difficult to get it off. This is probably the hardest part of the job. Replacing the bearing requires completely disassembling the machine but itís usually not too difficult if you are mechanically inclined. This machine was built in 1995 and if itís in decent shape underneath and the outer tub isnít rusted out it could still have some good years left in it.

Post# 1134227 , Reply# 11   11/22/2021 at 14:07 (187 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

It is basically the same as a newer Speed Queen? I've found some videos online that would probably help.

Post# 1134228 , Reply# 12   11/22/2021 at 14:15 (187 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

And do you need the drive bell puller? I have one for a car, but not specifically for a washing machine.

Post# 1134234 , Reply# 13   11/22/2021 at 16:31 (187 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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It is the same as a speed queen of the same age. Speed Queen machines today have a different seal and bearing setup than these machines did. Crude as it may be I was always able to place 2 claw hammers opposite each other with the claw ends under the lip of the bell and when you pull up on the handles it would pry the bell right off. Some came off easily and others were a pain but the majority of the time the hammers worked. Iím sure if you have a puller handy it will work as well.

Post# 1134365 , Reply# 14   11/23/2021 at 22:54 (185 days old) by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

Thanks for your help! I ordered the parts yesterday so we are going to give it a shot.

Post# 1135519 , Reply# 15   12/7/2021 at 10:28 by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

Unfortunately no luck with the repair. My brother and I got it torn down easily enough, but the powdered detergent used by the previous owner rotted the tub out at the bottom under the agitator. Off to the junk pile it went.

We ended up with a GE GFW650SSNWW as a replacement. I am quite pleased with the machine and this is the first front loader I have had experience with.

Post# 1135535 , Reply# 16   12/7/2021 at 13:06 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Well thatís too bad about the Amana but Iím glad you like your new washer.

Post# 1135549 , Reply# 17   12/7/2021 at 16:41 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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What's the evidence that powdered detergent is the cause?

Post# 1136145 , Reply# 18   12/13/2021 at 22:22 by nashman50 (Blairsville, PA)        

It looked like a bunch of it was lying under the agitator.

Post# 1136147 , Reply# 19   12/13/2021 at 23:27 by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I think you'll be very pleased with your new front loader.  They clean better and the tumbling action helps all of your laundered items last longer.  I'm on my third FL set since 2007 -- by choice and/or circumstances, not because the first two had any issues -- and they are the oldest:  Maytag Neptunes from 2004.  They have become my favorite. 

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