Whirlpool top loading washer leaking oil

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Old 01-11-10, 08:45 AM
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Whirlpool top loading washer leaking oil

I have a 3 year old Whirlpool model LSW9700PQ2 top load washer that has developed a slow oil leak. There is a puddle under the washer about the diameter of the machine itself (which is how we discovered the leak). The oil on the floor is gummy and filled with dust, which leads me to believe it has been leaking slowly for quite a while. No kids, just the missus and I, so we do 4 or 5 loads a week - far from extreme use. The washer operates fine, so I'm not sure what to make of this. Any ideas?

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Old 01-11-10, 04:47 PM
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2 options 1st is to replace the seals in gearcase, 2nd is to replace the gearcase. Either way replace the clutch as it usually has oil in it.
 
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3rd option: dont worry about it until it the oil gets on the clutch causing weak spin
 
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Stopped by the parts store yesterday to check price of new gearbox. YIKES! Was half the cost of the washer! $190!Anyway, parts place said there is a weep hole in the top of the case and the oil could be coming from there. Suggested cleaning up the mess and wait til the thing implodes. What a throw-away society we've become.

Whirlpool customer service was very condescending and suggested that I should've purchased the extended warranty. I'm very disappointed in their attitude and can guarantee this will be my last Whirlpool purchase.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Tom
Louisville, KY
 
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Old 01-12-10, 07:10 PM
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Best washer sold, would not have anything else. I work on all of them. Next year you will not be able to buy a standard top loader anymore. I would repair your washer until you can not get parts for it.
 
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