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Oil on the floor under the washer

While cleaning under the washing machine I noticed a large area covered with sticky oil residue. When I opened up the back it looked like the gearcase was also covered in this oil. The washer still works but I assume this is not a good sign. Do I replace the gearcase or the washing machine? If it's the gearcase, how difficult of a task is it?

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The gear case you are referring to is actually the transmission, and yes this is not a good sign. The seal has gone out. its usually cheaper to get another washer than repairing the old one. However if you would rather repair this one then i would try to shop around and find the best bargain.

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