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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
you can find avideo on you tube, search whirpool washer repair, but youll need to remove the agitaptr. 7/16 screw down the center shaft of agitator, then remove the agitator and split into 2 parts to reveal the agitaotr dogs they simoly slip back into place, part number 80040 in case you havent ordered them yet
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
This depends on how significant the leak is. The gearcase (transmission) contains an amber colored oil. Some of this oil can leak out through a small breather hole on the top of the transmission case. If all you are getting is a small puddle that does not appear to be getting worse, you may continue to use the washer (sometimes for years) with no problems, If the leak is bad, however, it may be time to replace the gearcase. Replacing the gearcase is not a difficult task, but it can take about an hour or two for the inexperienced. The following link explains step-by-step how to replace the gearcase:
Read through the link provided to see if this is a repair you feel comfortable with attempting. The average cost of a replacement gearcase is about $150. The part number for your washer is 3360629. You can purchase replacements at any of the following websites:
NOTE: Sometimes Sears offers a refurbished gearcase for about half the price of a new one. It will be listed in their parts listing with an "R" after the part number is available.
All these sites are reputable and offer great service. Prices vary, so shop and compare. The first three sites I have listed also include helpful exploded view diagrams to assist you in locating and properly identifing the parts you need. It can also assist you in determing how to assemble/disassemble your appliance. The gearcase is listed as item 9 under the "Brake, Clutch, Gearcase, Motor and Pump" heading.
The decision to replace certain parts can also depend on the age of the washer. The date of manufacture is determined by the SERIAL NUMBER on the appliance. The following link explains how you can determine your washer's age:
Whirlpool washers are usually pretty resilient and fairly easy and inexpensive to repair. I have known many of them to last 15 to 20 years. $150 is still cheaper than purchasing a new washer. The decision is still yours, however.
My advice to you is to read through the link provided and review the steps for removing the washer case. Remove the exterior case so you can get a real good look at how bad the leak is. If there is an oil spray pattern all round the interior cabinet walls of the washer, its time to replace the gearcase. If the leak is just a small puddle, clean it up and place a sheet of carboard under the washer so you can monitor how much it leaks in the future. My experience has been that its not worth the effort to attempt to remove the gearcase and try to reseal it. If you're going to go through the whole process of removing the gearcase, you it would be smarter just to replace it with a new one, rather than possibly having to repeat the pocess again if sealing it doesn't work.
As I stated earlier, some of these leaks are insignificant and the washer will run with no problems. As long as the gearcase does not make any loud or unusual noises and the leak does not get any worse, you can still get some good use out of the washer. Please let me know if you need further assistance. I hope this helps you decide.
Posted on Feb 13, 2010
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