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Whirlpool 8255e Super Capacity: How to replace drain pump?

My washing machine is leaking like an excited puppy.
Water seems to be coming from the white plastic drainage pump on one end of the motor. Hoses seem dry and in good condition.
How do I remove this little plastic pump? Two metal clips seem to be all that holds it on, but it won't come off the motor spindle. This thing looks easy to swap out but the bugger won't come off! What is the trick?

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  • jonathan_luk Mar 13, 2009

    Thank you: this all turned out to be absolutely spot on.
    An hour of prying, pulling and belting later, I got a little bit postal with the old pump. Eventually I was looking at the shaft.
    You were right, the shaft had swelled from long slow rusting. And yep, you guessed it, the new one wouldn't fit the shaft coz it was so distended from corrosion, so I spent some time filing it back into shape. Perfect, it's good as gold now. The most amazing part was that I didn't lose the two clips while I was doing all that.
    So a very big thank you for your legendary help.



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Sounds like the drain pump has been leaking from the seal where the motor shaft goes into it. Usually you pop off the 2 metal clips, and pull the drain pump off the motor shaft.
If yours won't come off easily, chances are the motor shaft has expanded from corrosion, seizing the drain pump onto it. You can try prying it off by wedging a screw driver between it and the motor (be careful not to damage the motor). Last resort is to break the drain pump into pieces to remove it.
You will likely have to sand or file the motor shaft back into shape to install the new drain pump.
Let me know if you need more help.
Good luck!

Posted on Mar 13, 2009


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