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Washer is leaving grease all over my clothes

My westinghouse HD 18 constellation washer is leaving grease stains on all my clothes what can cause it

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I have this problem on my front loading washer too, but only when washing white clothes. I have just read that perhaps the inlet hose is disintegrating from the hot water being too hot. The hose disintergration can cause black greasy stains on the clothes. I am going to check out the inlet hose when I get home. Hopefully this is the problem... I am sure a new inlet hose is a lot cheaper than a new transmission or new bearings. BTW, my washer in only 18 months old.

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Time to have your transmission replaced.

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