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A cleaner to get black film off of agitator

How do I get this black oil film off of the agitator?

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  • krusiensk186 Feb 16, 2009

    This oily film is from my sons work clothes..He has a very greasy job in a factory. Thanks for trying anyway...

  • krusiensk186 Feb 17, 2009

    Thanks, I'll try that..I was just worried that maybe this oil was also getting into the motor, and I thought there was something I could put in and run the machine on full.. I appreciate your help.


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Scrub with some elbow grease! and a fine toothbrush, everyones machine has it

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons Feb 16, 2009

    ok so you can try a quality "degreaser" and elbow gease, wasnt intended to be sarcastic,


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Rusted agitator mounting bolt in frigidaire washing machine

Pour some oil on it, engine oil or AT oil will do, kitchen oil too but, becareful of colors so after you done with the cleaning, wipe the excess. Remember, since the bolts are rusted they require extra strenght hence get a tool that completely covers the bolt or else you will grind the corners of the bolt.

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My top loader ge washer fills up with water but does not agitate

Open the loading door, place your hand on top of the agitator and turn clockwise then counter clockwise. If agitator turns freely in both directions and tub sits motionless either your agitator or the coupling that holds it to the transmission will need replaced. Usually it is the coupling but it's easy to tell by removing the agitator and performing same turning procedure on it. If it spins freely it is no good.

To remove the agitator firmly grasp the neck of it with both hands and yank straight up. Inspect the inside of the agitator, the ribs inside can take quite a beating but once they are badly flattened or in some cases nearly completely shaved away then it will have to be replaced. Last I knew this was the style GE now recommends for that machine: WH43X139 . If you see signs of oil say, "Uh-oh." But continue anyway all is not lost.

Next you need to see if the coupler will spin (the most likely cause.) If it spins freely say, "Yea!" because that's one of the cheapest easiest repairs on this machine. That should be a 7/16 bolt that will need to be removed. I use a 1/4" ratchet and socket (No extension) or box end wrench and they usually give no trouble. But they are usually rusty so don't mess around with it. With your right hand apply firm downward pressure on top of the ratchet with the handle at nine oclock. Give it a nice firm bump with your left hand and it should break loose and usually spins right out. If it crumbles under the socket you'll have to use vice grips; no worries, a new bolt will come with part: WH49X10042. With nothing to hold it the coupling will slide right off. If removing because it spun, toss it in the trash, it is not recyclable.

Now you can see the top of your washer's transmission--remember the "Uh-oh?" If you saw a dark film of oil it came from here. But even if you didn't see oil reach down and grasp the splined part and see if it will wiggle back and forth. There should be no wiggle. If you look at the spline part you will see it goes into a slightly larger shaft. Right where it goes in there is a gasket that is not replaceable. If there is oil around it, or if you can see a gap in it, or if the spliny part wiggles side to side the transmission is shot. You can buy them NEW on ebay for $150 and less usually. Part number is: WH38X10002. It is not an easy job but if you've got tools and patience there is no reason i couldn't walk you through it.

But let's say your transmission looks fine and you just want to put that coupler back on and be done with it. Before replacing the coupler it is very important to clean the splines (little grooves) of the part it fits over really well. Each groove will have a plastic spline from the old coupler embedded in it. A wire brush or pocket screwdriver works well; they come out easy just make sure you get them all. Once you are satisfied the splines are nice and clean cover them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Place the new coupler on top and give it a twist to feel the splines line up then push down to seat it. Sometimes they seat pretty easy, sometimes not. Sometimes you have to screw in the bolt to get it that last little bit. I've even had to use a succession of longer to shorter bolts to seat them. Regardless, the cleaner you get the splines on the transmission the easier it will be to seat the coupler into place. Tighten the bolt by reversing the procedure to loosen. Place left hand firmly over the ratchet or wrench with handle at three oclock and snug it up then bump it good and hard with your right hand a couple of times. Clean any debris on the bottom of the tub now. Then pick up the agitator and place it over the coupler, but first notice the coupler has twin grooves evenly spaced along it's sides. Likewise the agitator has ridges that fit into the grooves of the coupler. Under each fin of the agitator is a set of ridges, so line a fin of the agitator up with the grooves of the coupler and try to seat the agitator. You will meet resistance if they aren't lined up so just keep trying it will practically fall into place when it's right. You will know when it is seated properly but give it a slight tug upwards just to verify, if it stays in place you are done.

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Getting grease or oil spots on clothes when washing. Machine is not making any odd noises. It has a stainless steel drum. Never had a problem with this machine. It's a commercial version for homeowners. ...

If you get grease-like marks on your clothes after a laundry cycle, and they wash out in the next load, don't despair. It's a sure bet they're caused by detergent and fabric softener that have congealed on the underside of the agitator or along the top edge of the washer basket.

To eliminate the problem, first clean any crud from the gap along the top of the washer basket. Then remove the agitator and clean the gunk off the underside. Since the agitator removal procedure varies by manufacturer, go and search for your make and model. After youve cleaned the agitator, reinstall it and fill the tub with hot water. Next, dump in 8 oz. of washing machine cleaner (Washer Magic is one brand; buy or applianceparts stores) and run it for a full cycle without any clothes. That should eliminate the problem. If not, repeat the procedure.


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Dec 13, 2010 | Speed Queen AWS44NW Top Load Washer

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Everytime I do washing I end up with a lot of black stuff coming from the inside of the drum!! What is wrong?

Usually when you get black stuff, it is oil. Probably a bearing has gone bad on the inside of the agitator or tub. I can only gues without seeing it in person.

Nov 16, 2010 | Samsung Washing Machines

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Leaving black residue (spots) on clothing

Black spots usually come from the agitator shaft bearing seal which will, when worn, allow oil from the transmission to seep into the wash. Replace the seal, and maybe the upper bearing if the shaft itself will move visibly from side to side in various directions. If the machine is still under warranty, take advantage. Hope this helps!

Apr 12, 2010 | Maytag Atlantis MAV6000 Top Load Washer

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Seems to bee grease getting in from sum where as

Take off the agitator and look for signs of oil coming from under collar that supports the agitator.
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Sludge build up in the agitator caused by the water softener

I use ammonia and hot, hot water to clean the film or sludge from my washing machine.
Add (2) cups of ammonia, set the washer water temp to hot and fill it to high or large/extra large load. Agitate for (5) minutes and let soak over night.
Skim off any sludge that is floating then allow the washer to run through the rinse cycle. Re-rinse a couple of times to clear the system.
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My washer has had streaks of grease coming from under the agitator. It is getting on my clothes and I cannot remove it. I took the agitator off and the inside of it is coated with this grease (black,...

GE style washer Common problems: - greeseOil on the clothes or floor. In most cases a new transmission will be required. You can rebuild the Trans for oil on the floor, but I find it best just to replace the transmission with a rebuilt one = less problems and faster repair. I have a parts breakdown of the old style transmission here. How to access the washer information.
Change transmission in GE washer-Take transmission out for repairs. - Unplug washer. Remove agitator from washer by pulling straight up on it, some agitators have a bolt under the cap, remove cap and look for a bolt first. Remove the agitator bearing from transmission hub. Get top up by pressing on 2 clips located about 6 in in from side between top and cabinet. Putty knife or flat blade screwdriver works well here. Take the filter flow tube off. Lift top. Remove three bolts holding basket to hub, and use a 12 POINT 1/2" socket to remove the bolts. Lift basket out of washer. Remove the two clamps holding the black boot to the tub and to the transmission. There are six bolts holding the transmission in the washer. Remove the bolts and lift transmission out of the machine.
To replace bottom seal - Turn trans. upside down in a bucket, put in vice, etc. Remove the nut holding the drive pulley on. Take drive pulley off. You can now pry the oil seal out of the trans. bottom and replace. If you wish to put the proper amount of oil in the trans. you will need to remove the bottom cover. Unless you have lost a great deal of oil, I would bypass this. I would estimate the oil loss and put in a lesser amount through the opening where you will be putting the new seal. When replacing the pulley, do not turn the nut holding pulley on. Hold nut stationary and turn pulley in the direction that nut will tighten. This will keep you from separating the hub, torque spring, and drive collar in the transmission. If you see evidence of water in the transmission, my recommendation would be to purchase a rebuilt transmission and repair in that manner. You may wish to do this regardless of the condition of the trans. You will receive a one year warranty with the rebuilt trans. I have a parts breakdown here for the transmission if you need it.
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Maytag Atlantis black oil like residue and can't remove agitator

Welcome to fixya.
I'm Huuum and happy to assist you,

this is a very common happening and it means
This usually means that a seal is degrading or dissolving.
This washer is a top loader, Right!
I believe it calls for HE ( High Efficient) laundry detergent.
If we use to much of either it will cause this !

This usually happens due to using to much detergent or bleach.
You said, Black oil like residue discharged from washer during use. Stain clothes, almost impossible to remove. Loosened nut on agitator but it will not budge, and am afraid of damage if I try to pry between agitator and bottom of drum.

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Sep 20, 2008 | Maytag Atlantis MAV6000 Top Load Washer

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