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Fidgidair cws3600as1 washer leak

Washer is leaking from transmission shaft seals. I took them off the shaft and cant remember how they go back on.

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    leaking oil into washer, no funny noises guessing the transmission seal is bad; how do I replace?

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If you took them off then you have to reinstall a new set top seal with smooth side down

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