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Washer Hello , I have a top load washer (110.2692 ) its about two years old. My leak detector went off . When I pulled washer out i did find water leaking from bottom. More disturbing was I also found a oil / watery mix. Or maybe it was a greasy / watery mix. anyway that is what I found on the floor and touching (what I call the drive shaft) found it there. Being stubborn, I cleaned everything up and threw in a small load.I put paper towels under unit and turned it on. After cycle was done I pulled out paper towels and found a small amount of water. I was just curious. I know it must be something serious , because of the oil / grease thing. Any ideas ? Thanks , Tom Solve This! I have the same problem. X This Problem has been added to the Share Your Expertise Page under "My Work Queue". OKSolution #1posted on Oct 02, 2008 jsrock516 Rank: Guru Rating: 94%, 1883 votes Okay...what you are talking about is a honey colored oil, right? The gearcase (transmission) is filled with this oil. Sometimes the gearcases are prone to leaks. There is a small breatehr hole onthe top of the gearcase housing that oil will sometimes weep out of when it expands. This could be a potentially serious problem, as a leaky gearcase COULD mean it is beginning to fail. But...not always. This is kind of a gray area when it comes to this model washer. As leaking oil is generally considered a bad thing, the gearcase could actually run for quite a long time and experience no failures, or further leaks. I would keep the oil cleaned up and run the washer as you normally would. If the leaking becomes progressively worse, the tub begins to spin slower than usual, requires assistance to spin, clothes aren't spinning dry enough, or if the gearcase starts to exhibit loud noises, stop using the washer and plan on needing a replacement gearcase. They generally run about $150 and can easily be installed by the DIYer. If you wish to pursue that as an option sometime, just let me know and I can provide you with the steps required to do so. At this point, monitor what you have and let me know how much the gearcase is leaking. As far as the water leaking is concerned...you need to determine WHERE it is coming from. If it is leaking in the center under the wash tub in the location of the gearcase, the tub seal probably needs replaced, or you may have a crack in the tub somewhere. If the washer is leaking near the front, this is generally a sign of a leaking water pump, or associated hoses. Check to make sure the hoses are clamped snug. If the washer is leaking in the back somewhere, I would suspect a leaking water inlet hose, or drain hose. The best way to make the determination is to place a sheet of cardboard under the washer when it is empty. Do a load of wash and pull the cardboard out when done. Note where the leak patterns are and get back to me. I need to know where the water is coming from before I can give you a correct assessment. I hope this helps guide you in the right direction. JS, Last night I did three loads of laundry with the cardboard underneath. There were no leaks of any kind. What is going on with my washer ? Thanks , Tom

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    some kind of grease or oil leaks in the washer leaving clothes with stains

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Wow...your posting was hard to read, but I managed to "muddle" through it. I understand that you need laundry and experienced no leaks of any kind. Well...I don't have a good answer for as to what may be wrong. You could have experienced a momentary leak due to heavy vibration from an unbalanced load, or...you had a minor leak that sealed itself over time, I just don't know. That's the nature of this business sometimes. This is also why customers get frustrated by repeated service calls when the appliance doesn't do what it was doing wrong when the repairman shows up. Then, as soon as the repairman disappears down the street, the problem comes back. Believe me, I've seen this over and over. The best advice I can give you for now is to continue to monitor your washer with the cardboard underneath. If the problem comes back, no matter how minor, get back to me and let me know where it is leaking. Until then, if the washer does NOT have any problems continue to use it as you normally would. Good luck to you Tom.

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