I have a Maytag A511 washer and as of recently there have been black stains on clothes. I thought maybe it was a bearing but I can't get the agitator out to look at anything. Is there a way to remove the agitator? Or could these stains even be coming from the dryer? There are no visible black spots or anything in the drum, but i read that if the seal goes bad on the bearing then water can get in and force grease out.
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Re: Stains on clothes
Yeah if the seal has gone even slightly then it will send grease out 1 way to check if the bearings are on there way out is pull the washer out take the back panel off and look in to see if there are any green spots on the back off the washer if there is then there on there way out another way is to place your palm on the front of washer place your fingers into the drum and pull your fingers up if there is movement then there going m8
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Unless there is a child's crayon or something similar causing it, then suspect that the agitator shaft seal, or the drum seal is leaking oil into the drum. Hopefully, there is still warranty on the machine. Good luck!
what kind of stains like rust color.if yes you need to call a service technician to clean the unit,not an ordinary cleaning we need to dismantle the unit to replace the oil seal and bearing if worn out,but some is just for cleaning,some unit also stains came from the liquid softener,try the cycle wash and put the heater is high level to melt some liquid softener,try for 3 time without cloth inside if this is ok after that cycle no need to call technician,do it every month as a maintainance
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.
HI! I just posted a question to "justask.com" and am having the exact same problem. I paid $9 for this answer and was happy to pay it because I now know what it is! From what I have been told, it is from the transmission in your washer and will cost at least $400 to fix it (that's just a ballpark figure... I have a Frigidaire and that was the figure I was given). So, basically, it would be more cost effective for you to purchase a new washer.
You said, you have been getting oil stains on some of my clothes. this means your washer has a leaking seal and oils is coming out onto your clothe. Water is getting into the seal and bearings. Do not waste any time. Get service out there right away. If this is caught early you may have a chance to save a lot of money!
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Usually black oily stains are a symptom of a rear main drum bearing starting to go bad. The seal goes bad first and the packing grease will start to weep out as water gets into the bearings. Is the washer starting to get loud during any spin cycle? If so, I think your bearing is starting to go. It's not a cheap fix, either. The whole back shell of the outer wash tub has to be replaced because the bearings are molded into the plastic. I hope this is helpful in some way.