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Water leaking from water pump cap

Water is leaking from the screw cap on the reservoir for the water pump on my kenmore he3 front load washer. not sure if this cap can be replaced. is there a part number specific to the cap?

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Not that I know of. All sources I have found show this as one complete unit which includes the pump motor, reservoir housing and clean out trap (cover). The cost varies between $70 and $120. What I would recommend, before you assume you need to replace anything, is to remove the cover and clean the threads on the housing and cap really well and dry them. Then, apply a film of petrolium jelly on the threads and screw the cap back in place nice and snug. If there is an o-ring, make sure it is not torn or kinked, and is seated in the its groove properly. NOTE: O-rings can be found at any automotive or hardware store is you need a replacement. If there are no visible cracks on the reservoir cap, this should work. I would recommend that you remove the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and use a wet/dry shop vac to drain all the residual water in the tub and drain lines BEFORE removing the cap. This will minimize any clean up you may have. I hope this helps you. Let me know what you find.

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