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I have a GE washer machine model #wwa58500r (about 18 years old) that is leaking oil or oil fealing item, under the washer. What is it, how important is it to fix it (since it is so old) and how can I stop it from leaking? Thanks Email: rpicciola@peoplepc.com

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The lower seal is leaking. Over time the seal hardens and does not perform as it once did. Although this link is not your exact model the transmission is exactly the same. The seal that is leaking is item 756.

http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=230798&diagram_id=20372026#d20372026

Close up view of seal
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/part_details.aspx?part_id=2045443

It is not a difficult task to change the seal. The hardes part is getting the old seal out that involves punching thru the old seal and prying it out after removing the drive pulley. Use a block of wood to gently tap the new seal in place.

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