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Oil coming from gearcase,looks like it is weeping out of the bottom center plug. modle la9500xt

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It is most likely leaking from the seal on the side and leaking down to the bottom. oil coming from gearcase,looks like - 2ad94fc.jpg

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I have oil coming from the bottom of the agitator where is it coming from? can it be fixed?

the transmission/gearcase yes it is fixable just get a gearcase usually around 100 for a whirlpool gearcase it is a pretty complicated process though so i would reccomend a service tech do it, some units had a 5 year warranty on the part itself, so it might be worth it, depending on how old it is it might be cost effective to just replace the unit... hope this helps have a good day..

Jan 30, 2010 | Amana Washing Machines

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MOdel 110.92579110 leaking water out bottom of

First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:!retrieve.pd?pop=true&modelNumber=110.92579110


See the Sears site sub-components for the agitator, basket and tub. It's possible that one of the gaskets or seals has worn over time.

I'd also pull off the cabinet and check the hoses leading to and from the pump. It's also possible that the pump is leaking.

See the following for how to remove the cabinet.

The illustrations also show how to remove the transmission.


The black oil / fluid that you see is likely coming from the transmission.

Since it seems to be "spraying" around the inside of the cabinet, I'd assume that it is leaking from the top seal between the transmission and clutch.

See the following for a parts breakdown of Whirlpool top load direct drive washers.

If you look at page 15, you'll see a Seal, Gearcase Cover. It is possible that that is the cause of your transmission leak.

The rust on the bottom of the transmission may (hopefully) be simply caused by the water leak.

I'd remove the gearcase cover (8 bolts) in order to check the gearcase cover seal, and to check the oil level. The Whirlpool transmission takes about 15oz or 80-90 weight oil.



Oct 17, 2009 | Kenmore Washing Machines

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Top load LSR5132PQ whirlpool machine - mine is leaking oil - is this a problem with these machine?

Leaking oil can be an issue if the problem becomes worse. This is can be an indication of a gearcase (transmission) that may be going bad. However, I have seen washers in this condition for months (years) and still function. Sometimes, excess oil will come out through a small breather hold on the top of the gearcase. Ultimately, if the problem continues to get worse, you will need to replace the gearcase.

I am posting a link that explains how to replace the gearcase if you decide to repair the unit yourself. I'm also posting it so that you have the knowledge on how to remove the washer case so you can inspect the interior:

This is what you need to do for now. Remove the washer casing, using the instructions I have provided, and take a look at the interior cabinet walls. If you see oil spray marks all around the interior, replace the gearcase. If the oil you are seeing is minor in nature, clean up and any spills/drips and place a clean sheet of cardboard under the washer so you can monitor how much is leaking. A tell-tale sign that the gearcase is beginning to go bad, is slow spin speeds and/or grinding noises. The gearcase also has a series of nuts that hold the upper pan to the case. You may also check to see if all these nuts are tight and not causing leaks. You will probably need to remove the gearcase in order to access them, however. has some excellent exploded view diagrams of your washer that you can use for reference. Just type in your model number and locate item 9 under the "Brake, Clutch, Gearcase, Motor and Pump" heading. The gearcase sells for about $144. You can also check,, or to see if they carry the part any cheaper.

NOTE: If you DO order this part, make sure that the container is shipped upright. There are container markings on the box that indicate this, but those instructions sometimes get ignored. If the container is laid down, the oil can leak out through the breather hold on the gearcase.

This is not a difficult repair as long as you follow the steps provided. If you wish to pursue it (if needed) and still have questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Aug 04, 2009 | Whirlpool LSR5132PQ Top Load Washer

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Oil drip on bottom of gearcase Kenmore Model 110.21882 washer

Unless there is an abundance of oil this is normal.
If you tilted the machine to replace the coupling that could cause some oil to escape also.
There is a small hole in the top cover of the gearcase to release pressure. Sometimes a little oil comes out too.

Feb 25, 2009 | Kenmore 22622 Top Load Washer

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Wow...your posting was hard to read, but I managed to "muddle" through it. I understand that you need laundry and experienced no leaks of any kind. Well...I don't have a good answer for as to what may be wrong. You could have experienced a momentary leak due to heavy vibration from an unbalanced load, had a minor leak that sealed itself over time, I just don't know. That's the nature of this business sometimes. This is also why customers get frustrated by repeated service calls when the appliance doesn't do what it was doing wrong when the repairman shows up. Then, as soon as the repairman disappears down the street, the problem comes back. Believe me, I've seen this over and over. The best advice I can give you for now is to continue to monitor your washer with the cardboard underneath. If the problem comes back, no matter how minor, get back to me and let me know where it is leaking. Until then, if the washer does NOT have any problems continue to use it as you normally would. Good luck to you Tom.

PS To avoid confusion - to get back to me, all you have to do is reply to this post with your comments and I will receive an email notification.

Oct 04, 2008 | Washing Machines

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Kenmore Elite washer

Okay...what you are talking about is a honey colored oil, right? The gearcase (transmission) is filled with this oil. Sometimes the gearcases are prone to leaks. There is a small breatehr hole onthe top of the gearcase housing that oil will sometimes weep out of when it expands. This could be a potentially serious problem, as a leaky gearcase COULD mean it is beginning to fail. But...not always. This is kind of a gray area when it comes to this model washer. As leaking oil is generally considered a bad thing, the gearcase could actually run for quite a long time and experience no failures, or further leaks. I would keep the oil cleaned up and run the washer as you normally would. If the leaking becomes progressively worse, the tub begins to spin slower than usual, requires assistance to spin, clothes aren't spinning dry enough, or if the gearcase starts to exhibit loud noises, stop using the washer and plan on needing a replacement gearcase. They generally run about $150 and can easily be installed by the DIYer. If you wish to pursue that as an option sometime, just let me know and I can provide you with the steps required to do so. At this point, monitor what you have and let me know how much the gearcase is leaking.

As far as the water leaking is need to determine WHERE it is coming from. If it is leaking in the center under the wash tub in the location of the gearcase, the tub seal probably needs replaced, or you may have a crack in the tub somewhere. If the washer is leaking near the front, this is generally a sign of a leaking water pump, or associated hoses. Check to make sure the hoses are clamped snug. If the washer is leaking in the back somewhere, I would suspect a leaking water inlet hose, or drain hose. The best way to make the determination is to place a sheet of cardboard under the washer when it is empty. Do a load of wash and pull the cardboard out when done. Note where the leak patterns are and get back to me. I need to know where the water is coming from before I can give you a correct assessment. I hope this helps guide you in the right direction.

Oct 01, 2008 | Washing Machines

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Normally on a top loader such as yours, these symptoms are an indication of a broken motor coupling. The coupling is located just behind the drive motor and couples to the gearcase (or transmission). The oil you mentioned may be coming from the gearcase. They can leak at times. This may be a sign the gearcase is beginning to fail, or....maybe not. I would clean up the oil and replace the motor coupling, first. Click on the following link for step-by-step instructions:

If you need assistance in locating parts, please post back with your COMPLETE model number (located along the wash tub opening under the lid), and I can provide that information for you.

When you disassemble the washer, a tell-tale sign of gearcase failure will be signs of oil spray marks on the interior cabinet walls. If the washer has gotten to this stage, it may be a good idea to replace the gearcase as well. If the only indication you have is a few oil spills on the floor, try running the washer for a while with a piece of cardboard under the gearcase to see if the problem persists. The reason I suggest this is because I have seen signs of leakage in these gearcases before, cleaned up the spill and never had another problem. Its much easier to replace the coupling first. I hope this information is helpful to you. Let me know how things go, and if you need further assistance.

Jul 07, 2008 | Kenmore 22422 Top Load Washer

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Washing machine will not spin during spin cycle (it will if you give the drum a turn by hand)

Tilt the machine back enough to inspect the under side. Inspect the bottom of the gearcase for oil. If oil is present, the oil has migrated to the clutch causing it to slip during spin. The gearcase and clutch will have to be replaced.

Jun 29, 2008 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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Model # 23662200,will not spin

Look under the machine and locate the bottom of the gearcase. Inspect the bottom of the gearcase for oil. If oil is present, the gearcase will have to be replaced and the oil has probably migrated to the spin clutch causing it to slip during spin. Check your owners manual for limited warranty. The gearcase may have a 5yr warranty.

If you need further assistance, let me know
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Jun 26, 2008 | Kenmore 22422 Top Load Washer

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Kenmore automatic washer direct drive: slippy clutch

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