Today i moved the washing machine out from the wall to repaint. Under the washing machine was a little puddle of substance like an oil or grease. i tipped the washer up and look at it and noticed a little bit of oil on the bottom of what looked like an oil pan or something. So i was wondering if i can receive any insight on this issue. Thanks
An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points
An expert that got 10 achievements.
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.
Re: Oil/Grease under washer machine
Nash, your unit appears to be made by Whirlpool. (Kenmore doesn't manufacture anything, they purchase from major manufacturers and put the "kenmore" name on them)
If, as I suspect, it is made by Whirlpool... the top transmission seal is failed allowing small amounts of water to enter the tranny. The water, being heavier than oil, will displace the oil through the top of the tranny... out through a "weep" hole. The weep hole is not designed to allow fluid to escape, it's designed to allow air to enter and exit the transmission housing, compensating for the heat expansion and contraction of the lubricant that should be contained within.
Regardless of the manufacturer, you have a main drive system failure on your hands. It'll only get worse from here. Most manufacturers put a 5 year warranty on their drive-trains, you should call them immediately. If it's over 5 years old, it's a very expensive repair.
Normally there is no oil pan under a Washing machine unless some newer model do that I do not know. What is your make /model?
This could be from melted motor grease due to out too warm weather. Is the washing M/C in a non-ac room like a garage?
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
Hi well if there is grease then this is a big problem heres another way of checking lift up the bottom of the machine and tilt it back do you see grease or oil on the inside walls of the machine this sounds like a transmission that is going bad the part itself can be from 96-180 dollars for a new transmission for a technician t come out and repair it your looking in the area of around 300 or higher If you have any further questions please message me back and please remember to rank how this opinion helped in your appliance situation Thanks again
The oil and grease is probably from the transmission and yes you might be able to replace it. Get your make andmodel number and go to www.repairclinic.com. It is a very good site for finding pictures and parts of appliances. The parts are as cheap as you will find them. If the oil/grease is from the transmission, it will eventually fail. Fix it now or fix it later. Your choice.
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.
If the sound is a grinding noise, this is usually a symptom of a gear case (transmission) going bad. However, it could also indicate a motor coupling that's starting to fail. If you look under the washer check for any drips or puddles of oil. If you find any, the transmission has begun leaking and needs to be replaced. If you find a black powdery looking substance, this is an indication of a motor coupling that is failing. I hope this may help you. Let me know what you find.
The oil which you see on the floor is coming from the gear case. The gear case is not repairable and it has to be replaced. If your washer is less than 1 year old do not wait and call Whirlpool - it is under full warranty. If your washer is between 1 to 5 years old, then the part is still under limited manufacturer warranty but you are liable for any trip and labor charges. It could be much over $200.00. If you are handy and willing to save money, you can buy the part for less than $150.00 and replace it yourself. In that case, I can find the best deal for you and help you with step by step instructions.
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.