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My clothes are being stained by brown/black marks. I think it is an oil leak into the drum. Is it a seal and is it easy to fix? Frigidaire Gallery Model # FWT647GHSO

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Spots on clothing in a washer are usually caused by a reaction between detergent and fabric softeners, but to check and see if these spots are petroleum based (oil), try removing the spots with solvent. If the spots will come out with solvent, but not with soap and water, then it could be transmission oil that is leaking into the tub and this is very bad news. This was a common problem on the older GE and Hotpoint washers. Sorry to hear about the problem that you are having and I hope this helped. Best wishes.

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My clothes are being stained but not brown or black marks and its not every wash

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Each manufacturer has different designs so what is involved is determinant on the manufacturer. The most common domestic manufacturers are Whirlpool, GE, Frigidaire. Most of the brand names seen in stores are derivatives of these. This includes Maytag. It was purchased by Whirlpool in 2006 who has been incorporating their design into Maytag since. Only the Maytags since 2006 have the Whirlpool design. In 2006 they were still selling the old Maytag stock while retooling to manufacture the Whirpool design so you have to tread carefully when determing what you have if purchased in 2006 & possibly into early 2007.

Whirlpool--Some other derivatives--Roper, Kitchenaid, Estate, Kenmore.

Frigidaire--Westinghouse, White-Westinghouse, Gibson, Kelvinator, Tappan, Magic Chef, Electrolux

GE--Hotpoint. GE also manufactrurs some appliances by using off-the-shelf designs. As an example some of their dryers use a GE--Frigidaire derivative.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. It is also not meant to say they are all equal as long as you buy any brand from that particular manufacturer. The reason for having so many different brands is that while you incorporate some basics of design similarity you can also add or subtract features to have a particular brand serve a niche in the marketing scheme.

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