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My wash machine has a bellows part (4738ER1002A) that is leaking and I took it out. Sure enough it has a tiny hole in one of those accordeon style grooves. If I use silicone sealant will it hold up (at least until I get a new part)? Or is the detergent and hot water going to melt it away?

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  • fxyspm2 May 02, 2010

    Well, I tried silicone but it does not adhere to rubber. I will have to go search for something waterproof that adheres to rubber.

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I have the same LG washer, with the same drain "bellows" and the part has failed exactly the same way 4 times over about 4-5 years. It is a POOR design. I have tried to give feedback to LG but they are not interested in customer feedback.

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Ok, well as long as you get a "Glue" that actually "Melts" into, the existing material, much like a water bed glue/sealer, you will be OK, for a bit. IF you can get inside, then do the repair inside that way the water is pressing it harder against the wall, Just do a couple of "Layers" with the last, patch, bigger than the one underneath, and glue all round the margins, let set, and do the other layer(s) Use really good solvent waterproof glue...sealer silicone...

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