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I have grease spots on my clothes and I am assuming it is a bearing problem. My drum moves back and forth when I still my finger in between the drum.

Do I call a repairman out or do I just buy a new washer??

I hate to pay a repairman for him to say it would be cheaper to buy a new washer.

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I have grease stains on my clothes, black rubber on washer was full of mold, I cleaned it best I can, was this the problem my clothes are getting ruined

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Hi,

Normally when the bearing goes, it was most likely caused initially by a damaged water seal that allowed water to reach the bearing. If this has been going on for sometime, then there is also the possibility of the shaft being worn out. Repair or replace decision would have to be done after a visual inspection. Additionally, pls bear in mind that:

  • bearing replacement would require removal of the entire rear half of the tub, less than 100USD;
  • a press would be needed to install the new bearing (if ever available solo);
  • not difficult repair job but very time consuming;
  • often the bearing is available only as part of the whole shell (with spin tub inside) and bearing assembly probably between 150~250USD ?part #134453200? tub ***'y.
Based on all of the above and the result(s) of your visual inspection, then repair or replace could then be made.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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