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  • amigauser Jul 08, 2008

    Amana LW611LB.Stainless, top loader, 14ga+

    After operating inspection it appears to be the tub agitator drive seal.

    Replacement bell&seal kit at is $23.70

    A New similar unit would cost$600+ and, as this belongs to my son-in-law's mom, I may have a go fixing it.

    But , I have never pulled a washers agitator out..just motors, have little idea of the correct procedure here... I am quite mechanically adept.. just ignorant here...

    Might get a Craigslist temporary unit ($100 or >) to keep the gal in clean clothes while I work over the Amana.. can always resell it....

    The Amana looks like new inside and behind the front panel No rust or wear.... just a bit of water leaking on wash cycle.

    Any recomendable sites out there with decent descriptions of this job?

    Thanks for your reply


  • amigauser Jul 09, 2008

    Holy Terror..

    Thanks...I would never have guessed how to pull the agitator...

    I saw no nuts on top, so I was stymied.

    Shall attempt this soon and let ya know what transpires.... or busts... thanks.




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This could be alot of things. Can you give a Make, and Model Number? Is this a Top Loader or a Front loader.

If its a top loader, Unplug the unit first and then remove the front panel, is the front panel removable? Some are not removable.

Once you have the front off it could be as simple as a hose has a hole in it, or worse the tub seal is leaking and you need a complete rebuild or replace the machine.

Also check the hoses coming to the machine and see if they are leaking or if the drain hose has a problem? or is the water coming from somewhere else, sink next to machine? or drain is plugged or very slow and water is coming out of the drain during spin. Please advise if you need further help


Posted on Jul 07, 2008

  • Terry Schneider Jul 08, 2008

    You have a Speed Queen built Amana, parts are still available. go to and type in model LW611, then parts description tub seal.

    The agitator just pulls out however its not always that easy. Get you fingers under both sides and pull up, you may have to walk it off., Sometimes we fill the tub with the hottest water possible let it sit afew minutes then drain and try pulling the agitator straight up and out. We also have been known to go into a Laundromat and just break the agitator with a hammer because it would come off, however I wouldnt recommend that.

    You will find all the parts you need from any good parts house, however you will need a few speciality tools to install parts, The drive bell seal uses a special tool to install it and the tub nut is a large nut, this will come out with a large socket, However we use the Speed Queen Wrench and a small sledge.

    Clean the tub seal area very well and make sure its dry when you apply the red glue, Apply just a nice bead of red 800 glue around tub seal flange then push seal down and on. I like to put a small drip of water on the new white ceramic seal, if you get a brass one, just as good! apply a drip of lite oil when you first start the washer run a very brief spin then fill with water and rinse out machine, I always advise customers to leave the lid open and wait 24 hrs for glue to dry.

    let me know if you have questions.




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