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Clothes Washer Busted/fixed....nope, Busted!


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Posted December 05, 2012 - 07:29 PM

What's the issue with that Alan? Mine is sitting upright on my sidewalk, so all is good. Oh, just thought you may be speaking of oil going up the tube??? I know every GE washer I ever owned years ago would end up ruining clothes from oil leaking out of the top of the agitator shaft.


Yep, oil displacement can cause those units some trauma.
Whn you put the tranny back into the tub, be very careful of the seal

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 09:57 PM

I would move heaven and earth to fix that one over any of the new top load units from ANY of the major manufacturers. The one exception I have familiarity with is Speed Queen, they still make a REAL washer.

EDIT: Stop reading now if you don't like rants.

Whirlpool bought Maytag, both of them have given up tranny units for more Eco Friendly units, even tho they look the older ones. They now use a motor about the size of an old fashioned 10si Chevy alternator and a device called a "slutch" They haven't been out long enough to know, but it looks like they will have an expected lifespan of 5-7 years. The new style GE units have been out for a couple years, they are already showing signs of early failure.


5-7 years!!!! Well, at least you won't be working yourself out of a job.

I guess we have to compete with the Chinese, and reduce the planned obsolescence time frame. :(


I hope you get it fixed up good Daniel, so you don't have to buy the latest junk.
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Posted December 05, 2012 - 09:59 PM

After what Alan said, if this tank leaks again, I'll buy a brand new tank! The epoxy is now on both sides and curing.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 10:11 PM

After what Alan said, if this tank leaks again, I'll buy a brand new tank! The epoxy is now on both sides and curing.


Hope that works for you Daniel. I've already started hearing bad things about the newer ones like Alan was talking about. I'll try to keep this old one we have going as long as possible. Linda likes the new front loaders but I haven't heard anything about how they hold up etc.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Hope that works for you Daniel. I've already started hearing bad things about the newer ones like Alan was talking about. I'll try to keep this old one we have going as long as possible. Linda likes the new front loaders but I haven't heard anything about how they hold up etc.


My son has a new fangled eco friendly front loader, and he does not like it! Doesn't do a good job cleaning clothes, plus the special detergent you must use is a lot more expensive.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 10:16 PM

Our rep said the Speed Queen design should be available thru 2015 by current rules and regs.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 10:46 PM

how your repairs go good
that is one way not to wash your tools
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Posted December 05, 2012 - 10:59 PM

that is one way not to wash your tools


Yeah Daniel, it's not a Parts washer.... :rolling:

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Posted December 06, 2012 - 05:03 AM

Best of luck with the repair. If it doesn't, look around for another used unit and use the tub from it in yours.

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Posted December 06, 2012 - 06:24 AM

Sorry to hear that your first fix didn't work.

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Posted December 06, 2012 - 07:03 AM

We have a new front loader and your son is right , it doesn't clean soiled clothes as well , to me anyway , , To get my son's white ( ok gray lol ) socks clean I run them through twice , Al

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Posted December 06, 2012 - 08:13 AM

We have a new front loader and your son is right , it doesn't clean soiled clothes as well , to me anyway , , To get my son's white ( ok gray lol ) socks clean I run them through twice , Al


Al, try a little vinegar in with the whites. Do a little research, but we use it and it seems to help.
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Posted December 06, 2012 - 08:57 AM

My son has a new fangled eco friendly front loader, and he does not like it! Doesn't do a good job cleaning clothes, plus the special detergent you must use is a lot more expensive.

Al, try a little vinegar in with the whites. Do a little research, but we use it and it seems to help.


You can also use the vinegar as a fabric softener.
Here's a recipe for granulated detergent for front loads that works well. You mix them all together, it's really cheap and makes quite a bit of it. The Oxyclean is optional, but I think it helps with stain lifting.

1 - 76 oz box of Borax
1 - 55 oz box of Washing Soda
1 - 64 oz box of Baking Soda
3 - bars of Fels-Naptha soap (grated fine, use a cheese grater)
2 - containers of Oxyclean (about 56 oz total)

Makes about 2? (I can't remember) ice cream pails full of detergent. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. Pour right over the clothes when you load the washer.

Edited by Cat385B, December 06, 2012 - 11:14 AM.

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Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:08 AM

I've heard that if you heat your whites in hot water with a lemon, they will be white again.
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Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:36 AM

Funny my " tractor buddies " ( as my wife calls everyone here lol) teaching me about getting the wash clean , see it's not all about the tractors lol , , Al
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