Big nut that holds tub and agitator in place keeps coming loose
Currently have a GE GHDSR316H0WW washer. I figured out the reason to my prior problem as being the NUT that holds the agitator and tub in place keeps coming loose. I take the agitator and the little beige cap thing off, and behold the huge nut that holds everything secure is loose yet again. This has happened 3 times in as many days. I think I got it tight enough this last time after reefing on it, however my question is does anyone know of any tricks to keep in secured? any torque spec's on that nut? The nut is about an inch and a half and tightens counter-clockwise.
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The nut that holds the agatator on has come loose and is properly floating around in the agitator.Or it just needs to be pushed down to lock it in place. At worst the bolt and nut has rusted away. (repair man)
You can remove the agitator to see if it has a nut holding the tub on, but from what you are saying the transmission bearings are worn out. Loud noise and side to side play would indicate this. If the agitator does come off you can see if it has a nut that will tighten the tub down. I have never seen one as most are all one section tub to transmission. Keep me posted on what you find. Sincerely, Shastalaker7
if the basket has excess movement separate from the agitator or tub then the hub nut may be loose or maybe the tub rusted out and broke. you will need to pop the top of the agitator off and remove bolt holding it to shaft, pull agitator out and look at hub nut.
I had this same problem with our GE top load washer. I just needed to pull harder. (Note: The agitator is held in place by about a dozen L-shaped clips in a ring around the agitator's base that will release more as you pull harder on the agitator.) Everything from the base below the large fins on up comes out together. Grab the shaft above the fins and pull slowly and hard. I had to take the entire tub out, lay it on the porch, put my feet inside of it, and pull the agitator assembly out. I wasn't able to pull it out while it was still in the washer. BE CAREFUL! DON'T **** IT OUT; that might injure your back; just pull out slowly and as hard as you can without hurting yourself. I was able to get it out successfully, but I am currently stuck at removing the bell below the agitator. Good luck!
Yes you need to remove the agitator to do this and there is a nut that holds the tub down these come loose alot from the factory alot of times you can remove the nut and put lock tite on the treads and re tighten and be fine but in most of the cases you need to replace the spanner nut and the split ring under ther tub at the same time to take care of the problem the split ring isnt that hard to replace you just need to remove the splash gaurd from the top of the tub and several brackets that hod the header on and just lift inner tub out and there on the transmission is the split ring it looks just as it says just a little ring with a split in it replace these and it will solve your problem but you will need a special tool to tighten the nut back due to the room in the tub (center nut spanner tool for a g/e)
II suspect it is bad design, imagine that. We are having the same problem. After replacing the nut and using lock tight on threads, it worked two days and loosened again. My next attempt will be to "stake" the nut in place. This involves using a chisel and hammer to lock the nut in place by deforming the nut and shaft with a 90 degree dent. A second alternative will be to drill and install an allen head screw to lock shaft threads to nut.
This is probably a normal GE washer tub issue. Problem is, you have to remove the inner drum to repair it. Before we go through all the instructions, let me know if you want to take this on yourself. Will need a good sized tool chest to do the job (1/4" and 5/16" nut drivers, screwdrivers, hammer, good sized pipe wrench, torks bits, etc). Let me know and we can go from there.