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Black streaks, smudges and dots from drum

I am getting black streaks, smudges and dots on my laundry. I have a Frigidaire Gallery washing machine.

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  • baxman_dan Aug 03, 2008

    We have the same problem. I've soaked the tub in hot water and oxyclean, scrubbed with a brush, and that seemed to take care of the problem for a week or two. Last night's laundry came out with a new batch of spots and smears.

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Take a rag and wipe around front door boot first does any thing come off on rag if this ckd ok does it keep a roaring noise when spinning? if so suspect rear bearing or corrision on spider this is tub support behind basket..ask for estimate before repair as this could result in major expense to repair good luck

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Brown streaks and smudges on occasional loads of laundry. Sometimes on a load of towels, there will be dots corresponding with the holes on the inner drum.


You did not indicate whether this is a top or front load machine. But if it is a front, then the problem is due to a seal and bearing failure. Our machine did exactly as you discribed. When the machine is in the spin cycle, it would be extremely loud, due to the bearings failing and the grease would seep into the wash water and staining the clothes and towels. It can be fixed, but it requires that the machine to be taken completely apart, to remove the drum from the tub and the seal and bearings replaced.

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Marks on clothing in a washer are usually caused by a reaction between detergents and fabric softeners, especially cheaper bargain brands.
If you are sure that the black streaks are getting on the clothing in the washer versus the dryer, it could also be oil from the transmission getting into the washer tub. See if the spots will come out using a petroleum distillate of some kind. (paint thinner, etc). If a petroleum distillate will remove the marks, it is most likely something petroleum based that is making the marks.
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