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Water leaks from bottom of washer from the time it starts filing. All hoses semm to be fine and are dry. Could it be the tub? pump? water valve?

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  • tazfreak Jan 30, 2008

    No, could you please help with some more details. How can I be sure it is the pump? The only progress I have had it that there was a loose support spring I reattached. It fixed the bad vibration I was getting and minimized the leaking although still not stopped. Thank you!!! Even Kenmore wouldn't help me AT ALL...it was "a liability issue" because my warranty was up!

  • tazfreak Jan 30, 2008

    No, could you please help with some more details. How can I be sure it is the pump? The only progress I have had it that there was a loose support spring I reattached. It fixed the bad vibration I was getting and minimized the leaking although still not stopped. Thank you!!! Even Kenmore wouldn't help me AT ALL...it was "a liability issue" because my warranty was up!

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Most likely the pump do you know how to open the unit to check?

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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
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See the following:

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If the hoses are fine, I'd also check the gaskets at the bottom of the tub.

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You don't have to buy a special spanner wrench to remove the spanner nut. I've used a short 10" pipe wrench hooked over one of the tabs on the spanner nut, tap the handle with a hammer and it should loosen.

Also, don't directly hit the drive block with a hammer. Use a short piece of wood under the drive block and tap up on the wood.

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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
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If the hoses are fine, I'd also check the gaskets at the bottom of the tub.

If you're reasonably mechanically inclined, these are easy fixes.

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http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=137

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