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Brown stains from wash machine

I have a fairly old Maytag top loading washing machine and we are finding brown stains on washed clothes along with streaks on the bottom of the machine that look like a thick brown liquid.

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Hi!!! Your tub inner seal is worn off its a seal which protects the inner tub fron the transmission..Need a new tub seal..Good luckk..

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