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Oil leaked into the washing machine tub.

A green oil came from somewhere in the washer and ruined the load of clothing in the washer. Does this mean the trasmission has a blown seal/gasket and needs replaced? Or is it a water pump problem within the washer?

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  • Mark Sealover Jun 21, 2008

    The green stains were actually dark brown. As it turns out the the seal to the transmission was bad. The water works it way down into the trans through the bad seal and pushes the oil out back up into the tub. I pulled the agitator and wiped out the entire tub, replaced the agitator and ran another wash load (without clothes), pulled the agitator and found more oil at the bottom of the tub.

  • wolfe_cub Mar 14, 2009

    I have the same problem is there a way i can fix it myself or is it a major thing.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009


    I have the same problem.It just happened




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There is no green oil in washer softner bottle close for leaks oil leak would usually be brown or almost black in color ck around top edge of washer tub for deposits of softner/detergent

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