I'm not sure of the exact model of my GE washer, I know it's an older top loader. There has been a lot of grease/oil stuff under the washer ( it's yellow in color ), and I need to know what this might be, and if it's fixable, or what to check. Help!!!!!
Hi, there. Get some one to fix that leak ASAP. The lack of oil will ruin your machine's transmission and/or motor. If you've noticed that your machine runs louder than it used to, then ***stop using it*** until you get the leak repaired. I kept using mine and when it stopped working I couldn't get the parts (a transmission) so I have to get a new one.
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The GE has a capacity of 3.3 cubic feet. You did not list the model of the kitchenaid. Make sure the GE was stored correctly because if it might have lost oil or gotten brittle belts or gaskets. Also it might have frozen.
With the machine sitting normally the gearbox is normally filled up to the level of the fill plug leaving some room for expansion.
The fluid can be either a gear oil like a 80-90 weaight or a grease "00". 00 grease is almost liquid and it's used a lot in riding mower transmissions so it has excellent warm weather protection yet proper flow at sub zero temps. It's handy in older units with worn seals that might leak gear oil.
To find the exact stuff I'd contact Sears service. You can always email them at searspartsdirect.
If it is grease that is in the tub then the trans is shot. Thats the only part that would result in this. Very pricy part but if you want to order it go to marcone.com with your model number and you can get the parts. I would not recommend fixing this, costs almost as much as new unit.
Searched for the model on the web and didn't find it. I am assuming that it is an older top load model. Front loaders I don't know about.
Is the grease appearing just in the drum or is there some on the floor underneath. Either way I would say you need to replace the transmission. If you have an old 12-15 yrs washer I would get a new one. The replacement trannys only last a couple of years at best and aren't worth the money to replace $200-300 if your machine is ready to **** out. The only places on a washer that have grease are the clothes you're washing and the transmission. The tranny will mostly leak onto the floor but can sometimes get into the drum.
This is exactly what my machine was doing, as well. I fixed it by cleaning out the filter in front of the water pump.
Searching here, I found that you can remove the lower front panel (three screws along the bottom edge is all it takes) to get to the filter. With the panel removed, you'll see a round white plastic cover (about 3-4 inches diameter) that screws out. Get a bucket under the cover to catch the water that's in it (could be 2 quarts or more) and unscrew the cover.
The cover pulls out, revealing that is actually a screw-in plastic strainer. I found tons of coins, broken pens, paper clips, etc. in mine when I did this. A lot will be deep inside the black rubber hose that connects this filter housing to the washer drum. You can rake the stuff out with a bent wire clothes hanger. Shaking the black hose will help hurry the junk along and out of your machine. Screw the cover back on after the clean out and your machine should go back to normal.
Thinking about it, front loaders will have lots of small items flushed into the pump compared to top loaders. Coins you alway found in the bottom of the drum in a top loader, they all wind up in the filter of a front loader. And once it slow the drainage to a crawl the machine will shut down multiple times when it can't drain the water out completely, and it will never step up to it's max spin speed with all that water still in the drum.
Unfortunately not. In addition to replqacing the blet, the transmission must be replaced. It is the only item in your washing machine that contains gear oil. It's a tough job for the do-it-yourselfer...If I can help further, I am here.
Washers normally don't have much grease in them at all....the
transmission is full of oil....which on GE washers often gets dumped
onto the floor.Remove power, tilt the washer back and check on/around/near the large
center pulley under the tranny....often the belt and pulley throw the
oil around inside the cabinet. Some of the oils they use are a synthetic oil....acts a little diff
than some other oils....sometimes if water gets into the tranny the oil
can change foamy or black due to the moisture.
Oil is generally not a good sign. It means that the tranny seal is blown OR it means that the tub seal is bad which allows water to enter the tranny (water is heavier than oil... if water gets into the tranny it will displace the oil and force the oil out)
This being a GE? I'd wager that a tranny job is in order. If the machine is less than 5 years old it's under warranty so you'd call GE at 1-800-GE CARES. If it's more than 5 years old? Your washer is no more than a boat anchor. Get a new washer, preferably a Whirlpool. The repair cost for a new tranny will out-weigh the value of the machine.