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My washer is leaking grease or oil on the floor under the machine

My GE washer is leaking a tan colored oil underneath the unit. I suspect it's the gear case leaking. How difficult is it to replace the gasket or seal. I like to fix things and have tools. Thanks for any help.

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  • vignerons Feb 23, 2009

    Ge top load washer is running but leaking oil. I have seen on the web that GE recommend replacing the transmission, but other people have said you can replace the seal. I would like to know more. I have opened the cabinet and I am trying to remove the drum but cannot get by the agitator.
    My product number is WSKR2100TBWW.


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Hello and welcome

You said, My GE washer is leaking a tan colored oil underneath the unit. I suspect it's the gear case leaking. How difficult is it to replace the gasket or seal. I like to fix things and have tools. If the gear oil is leaking this usually means the transmission is shot and on it's way out. It is not cost efficient to have it replaced. 99.9 % of the time you throw it out and buy a new washer.
For the cost of the Transmission and the labor.
you can buy a new washer.
How old is the washer ?


Here is an interesting report I just read!!!!!!!!!!

Repair or replace?

When to pull the plug on your old washer

Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
in the owner's manual.

Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your washer,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

Follow these guidelines:

When a repair makes sense.

If your washer is under warranty or less than four years old ,
paying for a repair makes sense.
Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
readers have found them on a par with independent repairers.

When a repair might be a wise choice.

If your washer is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
it might make sense to pay for a repair. Customers generally pay $100 to $200 for a repair.
But you might want to buy a new model even at this stage,
given that today's models have added features.
Higher energy efficiency is another plus: Energy Star-qualified models made after April 28, 2008,
are 43 percent more efficient than conventional models built before 2001 and 56 percent
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The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new washer.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive washer
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of washers you replace are likely to end up in a landfill.


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Oil under the washer is not a good sign. The first thing to do is to disconnect the washer from the wall outlet, remember that safety should come first.
Remove the front panel of the washer. To do that, you could use a spatula to release the front panel holing clips. These clips are about 3 inches from the sides of the front panel. Insert the spatula between the top and the front panels and push the holding clips until they release the front panel.
Remove the front panel and use a drop light to illuminate the area under the washer. If the oil is leaking from the transmission seal, it will be all over the transmission pulley, the belt and the clutch assembly.
The correct procedure will be to replace the transmission and the belt. That in my opinion is too expensive to do, probably will be better to get another washer.
Now, if the oil leak it is small, what you may be able to do, it is to remove the belt and use degreaser to clean the transmission pulley, the belt and the clutch. Then reinstall the belt and adjust it. This may buy you time before you need to buy a new washer. Use baby powder to dry the belt before installing it.
I will not worry much about putting any oil in the transmission, jus run the washer it until you can't use it any more. Install the front panel and try the washer to see if it works better. These washer are not made like the older ones,

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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    Starnley Johnwells Feb 09, 2009

    When a washer is leaking, there are several areas where the liquid could be
    coming from.

    If it only leaks during a spin cycle, it's probably caused by a leaky drain
    hose.

    Over-sudsing is a common problem in homes with a water softener. Soft water
    and hot water use less detergent, while hard water and cold water need more
    detergent to clean well. This product, SofChek, will help
    you to determine if you have soft or hard water in a minute or less. These
    easy-to-use strips measure the hardness of your water in less than a minute.
    Just simply look at the colour chart provided on the bottle for an instant
    read-out of the strip to help determine the proper amount of detergent. Lowering
    the amount of detergent used may alleviate any over-sudsing issues.

    Leaks on a front-load washer can occur around the door seal. This can happen
    because of a build-up of dirt and soap on the seal itself preventing a proper
    seal from taking place. Wipe the door seal carefully making sure that the edge
    of the gasket is clean.

    Parts of a plastic bleach dispenser can crack or break off, causing a leak
    intermittently during the flush process. This is because bleach is a very
    corrosive chemical. Heavy use of liquid chlorine bleach can pit and rust
    stainless steel parts. Consider switching to oxygenating bleach, although this
    type of bleach doesn't get your whites as white as they can get with liquid
    chlorine bleach. The bleach dispenser is a replacement item.

    You'll want to confirm that the fill hoses are connected and properly
    tightened. Always use new rubber washers when re-installing the hoses. Take care
    not to over-tighten the connection. Other leaks may be caused by the drain hose
    being cracked, or by a leaky connection at the water-inlet valve. Too many suds
    may cause the appearance of a leak when actually it's just a sudsy overflow.
    Sometimes a drain hose leak occurs at the end of the hose where it attaches to
    the washer. If the hose is long enough you can cut the leaky end off and
    re-clamp the hose back on. Usually though, when a hose begins to leak, it is
    best to just replace the hose.

    Many pump leaks happen around the seal on the pulley. Some pumps have a weep
    hole that lets water drip out when this seal begins to go bad. The solution is
    to rebuild or replace the pump.

    Tub leaks are usually caused by a rotted tub. If this is your problem,
    consider buying a new washer. Sometimes a constant imbalance can be the culprit.
    This imbalance can rub a hole in the tub if it consistently runs off-balance. It
    may be possible to repair the tub with an epoxy kit. Tub replacement isn't
    usually very economical.

    The main tub seal can also leak. This is located where the transmission and
    the outer tub in the centre. If this seal goes bad, it can be very difficult to
    replace.

    Sometimes the water-inlet valve develops a buildup of mineral deposits and
    rust. To check this, remove the water-inlet valve and visually inspect the
    surface.


  • Starnley Johnwells
    Starnley Johnwells Feb 09, 2009

    hope this helps

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