Our washer is leaving grease spots on some of our clothes. Could this be due to a bad bearing? How do I tell if it is the bearing or the transmission?
Answer Hello Gary,
This is usually caused by a build-up of fabric softener. You see, fabric softener is made of 80 to 90% animal fat. It does, therefore, decompose. The process is noticed as a change of color in the old fabric softener and is not detectable by the smell since it is so heavily perfumed. The fabric softener starts out blue and slowly turns green, then yellow, then brown, and eventually black. Normally between the yellow and brown colors a chunck will break free and get into the wash. It stains clothes and is commonly mistaken for oil or grease. You should remove the agitator and check inside it for the waxy build-up. Clean it with warm white vinegar and an old toothbrush or bottle cleaner brush.
On occasion, a vent in the transmission housing can stop up and cause oil to get into the wash from the transmission. This actually happens very seldom. I have only seen it about three times in over twenty years in the field to give you an idea of how seldom it ocurrs.
Loud only on spinning cycle.
Answer Hello Franco. If it is a bearing noise, you will need to replace the transmission assembly WH38X10002 in the unit. Also, check the hub and make sure it is not worn and causing the noise.
GE washer makes loud banging during agitation cycle, but no abnormal noise during spin. Could the tub bearing be the problem? If not, any ideas? Thanks.
Answer Hi. Remove the agitator and see if the agitator coupler part # WH43X10032 is split. Remove the inner tub and make sure the hub nut part # WH2X1193 on top of the basket hub is tight. Inspect the lower belt part # WH01X10302 for expansion. The lower pulley part nut # WH2X1203 for sloppy play on the transmission shaft. The usual issue being that the outer tub front support rods part # WH16X10057 and the rear rods part # WH16X10141 are needing replaced because the hard work of agitation. Thank You.
When installing the tub bearing(wh2x1198), does there need to be any grease/oil between the bearing and transmission shaft?
Answer Hi Chris. Between any 2- metal parts moving against one another, there always is some type of lubrication. I would use Sil-glide upon reassemble part # is TJ17-132. Then run with a hot wash no clothes to insure there is no grease transferred to the clothes. Thank you.