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Maytag Washer - Discoloration on Clothes

I have a toploading Maytag washer. For several washings I have had problems with blotches of discolorations that will take the color out or add a lighter white-gray discoloration. The blotches are permanent, they do not rinse out or wash out. This is particulary annoying because it ruins dark clothing such as jeans and dark tshirts.

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  • kmkosydor Feb 15, 2009

    If it was grease, why would I not see it on white fabrics, as a dark stain ?

  • aclaxto1 Apr 22, 2009

    I have the same problem.  Grease?  Are we sure about this?  I've had this problem in other washers as well, so it makes me worry that it could be something from the detergent?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    not cleaning clothes. flashes rinse button

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Hi, i think your stains are grease from a failing drum bearing, it is a common problem, the bearing needs to be changed, hope this helps, thanks for using fixya

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