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I have a 9 yr. old Kenmore washer with oil underneath. Is it worth fixing, or should I replace it?

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If you have oil under the unit dont fix it! At nine years old this is not worth it, if you have oil its the trans that is shot. Your looking at 300-500 for a repair. I would look at the new ge washers they have no trans, also fisher & paykel makes a great washer that has no trans

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