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Model Number: 41742052100 Brand: Sears Kenmore Age: 1 -5 years We bought this washer (Kenmore front loader) several years ago and it's had plenty of use... over the past few months, we've noticed it getting increasingly louder during the spin cycle.. this weekend, while doing laundry, it started putting black (grease?) stains on our clothes. . unfortunately, didn't notice until 2 or 3 loads had already been washed and dried. So, now the washer is not being used.. home warranty will not cover it, and we didn't pay for the warranty on the washing machine. Is this one of those deals where it would be a better idea to just replace the washer than to pay to have it repaired?

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If these are gray spots it may be fabric softener. Try running a few loads without and see what happens. Also check the seal around outside of inner tub bottom to make sure it still contacts tub all the way around. If it doesn't, you need to have a tech replace the nutator assembly and hte bottom plate. Based on past experience, may be better off replacing.

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You can pull the agitator straight up and off to check if there is any grease / oil on the bottom of it. You may have to use a belt or similar item to slip under the agitator and attach the other end to a broom handle to pull up if it is difficult to remove. If there is grease / oil, it is not very easy or inexpensive to repair. The average life of a washer is about 9 years, so this one doesn't owe you anything. I'd look into a new front load unit which uses much less water and spins clothes out at 2X or more the RPM's of your current machine. Please don't rate this solution as anything but a FixYa rating will lower my overall score. Thanks.

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may i know the model of your washing machine ?
if it is a kenmore you can check this suggestion.

With the lid open, set the cycle to spin and press the lid switch button with a pen. Wait until the drum gets to full speed and release the lid switch. If the drum makes a knocking/ thumping noise and doesn't stop spinning within 2-3 seconds, the basket drive block is worn and needs to be replaced. (The basket drive block is located on the gearcase drive shaft, under the tub and agitator) If this has been happening for a long time you may need to replace the brake and drive tube assembly as well.

Basket drive block part number is 389140

A dozen or so loads shouldn't have caused any damage to the brake and drive tube assembly.
The basket drive block is about $20. You will need a spanner wrench to remove the span nut

that screws onto the basket drive block. They have one for about $20

If the brake and drive tube tabs are bent, your best bet would be to replace the brake and drive assembly. You can try gently bending them back with pliers, but I would hate for them to snap off completely. Be careful not to damage the seal in the process.
Depending on the severity of the bend in the tabs, you may not need to do anything to them. Make sure to line up the tabs to the slots on the new basket drive block and hammer in down completely until the tabs and slots are flush. Inspect to see if the bent edges of the tabs are bent inward further than the width of the basket drive block slots. If they're bent too far in, it may wear the new block out quickly and the same issue will come up.
When you re-install the spanner nut to the basket drive block make sure to tighten it hard (use the spanner wrench and a hammer/malet.)
You don't need to grease the shaft.


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