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Front loader washing machine = black streaks on clothing

We have a kenmore extra capacity front loader that is about 7 years old but works good. Recently, we have had large amounts of our clothing ruined. We are noticing black spots/streaks on the clothing after wash that is virtually impossible to remove. Can't seem to figure it out. Husband cleaned out the fabric sofener box and cleaned around the rubber seal against the door. Still no solution. HELP!!!! Kim

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  • shelliolios Mar 27, 2009

    We came back from Texas coast and washed a load of clothes. We got sharp black streaks on nearly all the items. I thought it was a piece of tar in someone's pocket, but after washing out the machine and doing load after test load, the streaks keep coming. Sometimes more, sometimes less. My husband had remarked that the washer sounded way louder in spin than it used to. Now I think that the streaks and loudness are the bearing problem described here. FYI, if you catch the streaks before drying, use Dawn Dishwashing liquid on the stains and soak or place in plastic bags overnight. Then wash (perhaps at a laundry mat) and you have a good chance of getting the streaks out. We were able to -- but what a pain!


  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    black streak marks

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Have had this problem twice now. Unit is about 7 years old. After wash cycle a large amount of black sticky debris covers the door seal area and agitator bars. It spreads and is extreemly difficult to remove as it smears when rubbed.

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I am a recently retired engineer of 20 years once you have ruled out anything getting inside the machine by accident etc, like something in pockets or greasy overalls, then its likely to be the drum bearings, has the machine started to get noisy on the spin the drum bearings are covered by a rubber seal, this seal gets damaged or worn and water leaks into the bearings themselves washing out the grease back into the drum where the washing is, you could also notice slight water marks on the floor underneath the machine on the floor, take the back off and look for water marks coming from the drum outer casing behind the pulley, these marks will be brown and will originate from a small drain hole, if any of the above change the bearings before any real damage is done, either to the clothes or the machine, as repair can be expensive? sorry, hope i have helped you as to where to look at least,

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