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Black debris particles sticking to clothes

White sheets come out dirty, isolated it by removing the sheets while some water is in the machine. the spin cycle had been making these particles stick to the sheets. I see the particles floating in the bottom, suspect a seal may be disintegrating. I was able to rinse off this debris with a hose once the sheets were on the clothesline (so not grease). parts list shows a tub ring and gasket, m I on the right track?

some years back I had the coupler or sub coupler (he described it as a bushing) between the trans and motor replace, the agitator is quite noisy, suspsect that may be failing again, may or may not be related??

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This assumes that you have a basic Kenmore / Whirlpool top load, direct drive, neutral drain (it doesn't spin until the pump removes most of the water) machine.

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

See the section for the basket and tub assembly's

It's very un-likely that the Motor Coupler can cause black spots on clothes. It's far enough away from the tub and basket that even if it were wearing, the black rubber would drop to the floor instead of moving up.

It could well be the gaskets in the outer tub.

I'd pull the cabinet in order to get to the hoses going to and from the pump first.

See the following:

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=16&newsdesk_id=131

I'd also check the gaskets at the bottom of the tub.

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

If you have to get to the gaskets at the bottom of the tub, see the following for how to remove the agitators, pump, motor, transmission, spin tube and basket.

(It sounds a bit complicated but it's not really that difficult.)

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

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.

As an aside, see the following Whirlpool Service Manual for top load direct drive washers.


https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/f7e2147fa98b28cf85257122007475cb/$FILE/L-55.pdf

Depending on the problem (likely gasket) it's certainly less expensive than calling in a repair person and gives you a chance to thoroughly clean the washer.

While you have the washer apart, it might be a good idea to replace the motor coupler again. (A $15 - $20 part)



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