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Screeching noise and oil

My washer just started making a very loud screeching noise, while in both agitating and spinning cycles. Other than the noise, it still works, so far. It's just over 5 years old. Looking underneath, there is some leaking heavy yellowish oil. A fine splattering of oil covered the area underneath the washer, and has been slung around the inside cover, below the tub. Where's this oil coming from - I suspect the gearbox? Can I refill the reservior, and get another 5 years out of it? If so, what kind of oil is this, and how to I get it into where it needs to be?

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You are correct in your assessment that the oil is coming from the gearbox. Since the washer is exhibiting noises now while operating, the gearbox may be devoid of oil and the gears are starting to grind. The slinging oil marks usually indicates the seal has gone bad. You would be better off to replace the gearbox assembly. You may have damaged the gears at this point. Adding oil may not correct the problem.

Now...I don't know when you purchased your appliance, but I believe the gearbox is warranted for 5 years. The repair may be covered at no cost to you. I would recommend you also review your warranty information. There's some helpful information at searspartsdirect.com that you may try. Click on the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page and you can use the toll free number (1-800-252-1698) for advice concerning your warranty. Or, you can email your questions by using the "Email Us" link. If you decide you wish to replace the gearbox, I can provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to do it. This not a difficult repair and can be accomplished by the "do-it-yoursefler" if you wish to try. The price can vary depending on whre you get a replacement. Provide me with your model number (located around the wash tub opening) and I can provide with a part number and price. Let me know what you decide. I hope this helps you.

PS The gearbox will last depending on frequency of use and how heavy the loads are. I've seen them last 20 years or more. In some cases, however, they come from the manufacturer this way and the seals wear out. I don't have an answer as to "why".

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