Maytag Nepturn TL FAV6800 Grey spots/debris on clothing
I first noticed small pieces/specks of a grey substance adhering to the interior stainless steel wash tub after completing a cycle. If I removed them with my fingernail while still moist, they would scrape off easily and had an oily texture when squeezed. If the grey substance was left to dry on the stainless tub, it would harden and I had to scrape and scratch to remove. The next load of whites I washed had these specks on all the clothes. Some I could scrape off while others left a grey mark on the clothing. I cleaned the tub as per manf. instructions and ran another load of whites only to find the grey substance on the clothing again. Has anyone experienced this? Any ideas on the source/cause?
I was waiting with someone with more experience to post back on your issue. I haven't experienced this issue it but I would not rule out a transmission seal failure causing your oily grey substance in the wash tub.If you want to investigate further you can get the Service Manual from here http://www.fixya.com/support/r1655507-found_service_manual_neptune_top_load take a look at page 38 and on and see if you feel OK with a tear down to the transmission.
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It's probably old power residue this will be washed of from around the drum where you can't see and will be more noticable on darks clothes than whites. Although on whites it can sometimes appear as grey marks. Best solution would be a washer cleaner and then soda chrystals once a month to keep it in tip top condition.
do you use affresh to clean your front loader? deposits of soap and other such things can be stuck around the inside tub of your washer. try this porduct out it works great on all front loaders use hot water with the affresh pellet with no clothes and run the machine through a cycle this also helps with any stagnant water smells also have you cleaned out your pump lately. * note remeber to put the pellet on the inside of the machine not in the soap dispenser
with almost all front load washers you have to remember to run clean cycles due to moisture in unit and door constantly closed they get mold and mildew along with debris from washing it can leave very strange looking deposits on the front rubber area because it collects these things.Suggest running unit with bleach and no clothes several times to get rid of foreign matter inside and leave door open after to dry interior out overnite and one more bleach cycle in morning and should be good to go after.Refer to manual from this point how often to running clean cycle.
Its probably coming from the outer drum of your machine. That's what holds the water. Your inner drum, what you see, is full of holes and allows the water to pass through in the drum and wash the clothes. that outer drum gets crud in it which then passes through the holes onto your clothes. the easiest way to get rid of it is to get a product called "affresh" from W mart or the big Hardware chains and follow the directions. Good Luck
This is sometimes caused by grease coming from the drum bearing through a failing seal. If this isn't checked and repaired as necessary, the drum bearing will fail pretty soon and then the machine will make a nasty grinding noise and that will be the end of it. I hope you have some other cause in your case! Do make sure the filter is cleaned and then run the machine on a hot cycle with no clothes in it to give it a really good clean.
What actually will happen over time is the stainless steel retianing hub and nut diseningrate and the tub becomes loose. Then the spin cycle will destroy the top balancing ring. When this happens - the washer is junk - not worth repairing.
Before that thou - other mechanical problems can happen, like u-joint breakage. These washers are absolute junk.