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Need Gearcase oil

Opened gear case to check gears and spillled the oil. Stores with the specific oil recomended needs 1 week to ship it and it is $20.00. Can I substitute regular gear case oil and what weight? This is a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II

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You just might want to change out you trans asm pn 3360629 for about
$175 part is not field servicable. even if you know what type or wieght oil then how much?

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How to change a belt on a Whirlpool washer model LA555OXTWO

I am not exactly sure on your machine, several places called it a direct drive unit but here are some directions I have found also.

1) Turn off water. Disconnect electrical supply and water hoses.
2) Remove agitator and cap from machine ( this is not always possible as the agitator gets frozen on the shaft, it just makes the job a little easier )
3) Lay machine on it's front. Protect front of the unit from scratches. Do not leave it over night on it's front as some oil will leak out the breather hole on top of the transmission.
4) Remove rear service panel
5) Loosen both nuts holding the motor mounting bracket in the slotted base plate holes. (see figure 1)


6) Rotate the motor to the right to relieve the belt tension and remove belt from motor pulley

7) After belt is removed from motor pulley, rotate motor to the left as far as possible to assure cam bar clearance.

8) The spin cam bar must be advanced to the spin position. Push up on the spin control solenoid plunger and rotate the main drive pulley until the cam bar advances to the spin position.

9) Remove the brake yoke spring from the gear case cover and yok. (see figure 2)


10) Remove completely the 3 support braces attached to the gear case and base plate. (see figure 3)

11) Remove the 2 pump mounting bolts. The pump hoses do not have to be disturbed. (see figure 3)

12) Remove the gear case mounting stud which has the spacer. remove spacer (see figure 2). Loosen the remaining 2 gear case mounting studs approximately 7 turns. (see figure 3).


13) Remove yoke retainer from yoke support. (see figure 2 for the types of yoke retainer).

14) The gear case can now be pulled down so that the belt can be slipped out between the top of of the clutch shaft and the clutch yoke. (see figure 4) and then through the space beneath the short stud; drop the belt from around the gear case.


15) Reverse the procedure in steps 15 & 13 to install the new belt.

16) Replace the pump making certain the pump lever is engaged in the notch in the agitator cam bar before securing the pump to the gear case ( see figure 5).


17) Grasp the bottom loop of the yoke spring with a pair of pliers and engage the spring with the hole in the upper gear case cover (see figure 2).

18) Replace spacer in short gear case mounting stud. Tighten the 3 gearcase mounting bolts ( finger tight only ). Next, set the machine upright and tighten the gear case mounting bolts securely. This procedure will allow the superstructure to properly align itself with the center post bearing.

19) Lay the machine on it's front to mount the 3 support braces to the gearcase baseplate. Tighten the bolts securely.

20) To adjust the belt tension properly, position the belt over the pulleys. Insert a hammer handle or some other lever between the motor mounting brackets. Rotate the motor to the left as far as it will go. Tighten the nuts holding the motor mounting bracket. Check the tension of the belt, it should deflect about 1/2 inch. (see figure 1).

21) Set machine upright. Reinstall the agitator, agitator cap, service panel, water hoses and connect electrical supply.

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Seal a round shaft of transmission leaking what oil does the transmission require

This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive washer.

See the following Whirl[pool parts list for their commercial washers although the consumer models use the same transmission and parts.

The part you need is probably the 3349985 Seal, Gearcase
Cover, a relatively cheap part.

I've found that basic 80-90 weight non-detergent gear oil ( available at auto parts stores) seems to work well. It's certainly less expensive than the gearcase oil from Sears.

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Top load LSR5132PQ whirlpool machine - mine is leaking oil - is this a problem with these machine?

Leaking oil can be an issue if the problem becomes worse. This is can be an indication of a gearcase (transmission) that may be going bad. However, I have seen washers in this condition for months (years) and still function. Sometimes, excess oil will come out through a small breather hold on the top of the gearcase. Ultimately, if the problem continues to get worse, you will need to replace the gearcase.

I am posting a link that explains how to replace the gearcase if you decide to repair the unit yourself. I'm also posting it so that you have the knowledge on how to remove the washer case so you can inspect the interior:

This is what you need to do for now. Remove the washer casing, using the instructions I have provided, and take a look at the interior cabinet walls. If you see oil spray marks all around the interior, replace the gearcase. If the oil you are seeing is minor in nature, clean up and any spills/drips and place a clean sheet of cardboard under the washer so you can monitor how much is leaking. A tell-tale sign that the gearcase is beginning to go bad, is slow spin speeds and/or grinding noises. The gearcase also has a series of nuts that hold the upper pan to the case. You may also check to see if all these nuts are tight and not causing leaks. You will probably need to remove the gearcase in order to access them, however. has some excellent exploded view diagrams of your washer that you can use for reference. Just type in your model number and locate item 9 under the "Brake, Clutch, Gearcase, Motor and Pump" heading. The gearcase sells for about $144. You can also check,, or to see if they carry the part any cheaper.

NOTE: If you DO order this part, make sure that the container is shipped upright. There are container markings on the box that indicate this, but those instructions sometimes get ignored. If the container is laid down, the oil can leak out through the breather hold on the gearcase.

This is not a difficult repair as long as you follow the steps provided. If you wish to pursue it (if needed) and still have questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Oil on the floor under the washer

The gear case you are referring to is actually the transmission, and yes this is not a good sign. The seal has gone out. its usually cheaper to get another washer than repairing the old one. However if you would rather repair this one then i would try to shop around and find the best bargain.

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The seals on the gearcase (transmission) are defective. Check with your manual, the gearcase usually has a 10 year warranty.
If it's older than 1 year be prepared to pay for labor.

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Its hard to tell without seeing it. If the clutch is covered in oil (from the gearcase), it may be a good idea to replace it. Otherwise, you can reuse the old one. Let me know if you get to a point where you're stuck and need assistance.

PS The gearcase has specific instructions on the container that it be shipped in the UPRIGHT position. This prevents the gearcase oil from leaking out. In addition, there is a small breather hole on the top of the gearcase, that is sealed with paint prior to shipping. Don't forget to use a scribe or an awl to open this breather hole BEFORE installation.

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