When washing sheets, or material of the same density, they get caught between the wash plate and the basket, around the rubber washer. I'm not sure if I need to replace the wash plate or some other part. I'd appreciate any help or info you can provide.
I replaced the washplate and also found the internal washplate mech to be damaged. The seal had broken and water had erroded the whole assembly. I replaced both internal and outer wash plates and this fixed the washer. I have found out from another poster that this was a recall by sears, so I'm going to contact sears to see if they will pay for the parts I purchased.
I think any black oil spots that others were getting could be fro the deteriation of the internal wash mech.
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are you sure that it is rubber
the black is mostly from the mud build up under the agitator from using washing powders that do not completely flush out on the spin cycle. Remove the agitator and /or bowl to clean out the gunk
after 20 years you will be amazed at how dirty the machine is where you can't see
Carefully check the drum for something that would grab the fabric, such as a piece of embedded material in a hole. I would feel all around over every surface, and look at where the agitators meet the drum. Something is there that is grabbing the material.
There could be several reasons:-
Incorrect use of chlorine bleach
Unfastened zips, buckles hooks or fasteners
Ribs, tears and broken threads
Degradation of material
Hard objects left in pockets
Some sharp foreign object caught in holes in the drum and ripping clothing - feel all around the inside of the drum for sharp objects.
make sure the door lock light is on! as if the door does not lock and the machine sees that properly it will not spin.. second, make sure that all the water is being pumped out of the unit. if the unit senses excessive amp draw thru the pump it assumes there is still water in the unit and will not enter the high speed spin cycle. the pump may be partially cloged, or have foreign material wound around the motor armature shaft causing the problem. if you remove the kick plate below the door there should be a technician data sheet (do not loose this and return it to the envelope when done) stuck to the side of the interior of the unit. this sheet will or can walk you thru diagnostics to further help you determine whether the motor or motor control board is bad if neither the door latch or pump are the culprit.. best of luck, and have fun, ttfn
Yes - I get this - you have to wipe the inside of the drum rubber ring - not just throught the groves but sludge seems to collect in between the rubber ring and metal drum; you will need quite a bit of kitchen towel!
Ensure the basket is centered within the case, they can get tilted buy heavy objects washed or spun inside. A little force may be required to center the basket by grabbing the top of the basket sides and wiggling.
Inspect for a sock or other material caught betwen the basket & case around the top under the gasket.