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Diagnosing Clutch/Tranny problem

I recently posted a question about my problem with my Roper Top Loading Washer - RAS7233KQO - with it not spinning. I used different posts and articles on how to take apart my washer to diagnosis the problem. I checked the timer and the lid switch and they are not the problem. I watched to see if the clutch was turning on a spin cycle. It did. I then removed the agitator, checked the drive shaft, removed the spanner nut and the inner basket, checked the drive block, everything looked fine. No noticable damage. I then removed the pump, motor, and checked the motor coupling. Everything again appears fine. I did notice small amounts of a golden copper oil slightly dripping around the transmission. I am assuming this would be transmission fluid?? I dropped the transmission and found that when I spin the transmission input shaft clockwise, it spins the drive shaft. It does not spin when I turn it counter-clockwise. I don't know if that is normal or it is a sign the transmission is bad? Can someone give me some ideas on diagnosing this problem? I have also read that this problem may be the clutch. How can I visual inspect the clutch and the transmission? What kind of damage should I be looking for? Is there any other part that might be the problem? Also, since I have the whole thing taken apart, is it best just to replace the whole transmission? Is replacing it just the opposite of what I did to take it off? I need some help on what to do now?

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The fact your leaking oil tellls me you have bad transmission, replaced entire component as its not field servicable, the cluthc also gets replaced at same time(oil get on the pads and wont ever engage properly

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