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Washer transmission oil leak?

I have a GE washer model WPSR3100W0WW. It has been in storgae for probably at lesat 3 years. I ran it through two cycles and it worked fine as far as I can tell but the metal bottom is covered with what appears to be some sort of old oil residue. I assume it to be from a transmission oil leak. It is not currently dripping and I cannot tell just where it came from. Do these transmissions contain a fairly thin thype of oil/fluid in sufficient quantity to completely cover the bottom of the washer? I can get a replacement transmission for under $150 but I'm not sure that is the culprit.

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They do contain oil
it would be best to run it till it dies
the tranny woont get any worse than it is
and eventually you will have to replace it

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You said, My GE washer is leaking a tan colored oil underneath the unit. I suspect it's the gear case leaking. How difficult is it to replace the gasket or seal. I like to fix things and have tools. If the gear oil is leaking this usually means the transmission is shot and on it's way out. It is not cost efficient to have it replaced. 99.9 % of the time you throw it out and buy a new washer.
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Repair or replace?

When to pull the plug on your old washer

Typically, you'll also find a troubleshooting section for more-serious problems
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Should you pay for a repair or buy a new model?
The answer depends mostly on the age of your washer,
how much you bought it for,and the cost of the repair.

Follow these guidelines:

When a repair makes sense.

If your washer is under warranty or less than four years old ,
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Note that washers under warranty might require service from a factory-authorized technician;
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When a repair might be a wise choice.

If your washer is out of warranty and is four to seven years old,
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When it pays to replace.

The repair costs more than half the price of a comparable new washer.
Data also shows that it doesn't pay to fix a less-expensive washer
eight or more years old.

Thanks to better recycling programs, less than 10 percent
of washers you replace are likely to end up in a landfill.


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