GE washer smells like gasoline or burning rubber


Old 05-27-15, 02:54 PM
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GE washer smells like gasoline or burning rubber

Hi all.

I have a GE top loading washing machine that is about 15 years old. There is an odor similar to gasoline or burning rubber that is coming from inside the washer when I stick my head in it (I know, great visual, right!?!) The thing is, it smells all the time, not just when I do a load. I thought it was something rubber that was burning out, but I figured if that was the case then the machine would smell worst when it was working. But instead, it smells all the time, even after not doing any laundry for a few days.

Any thoughts?

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Welcome to the best DIY forum on the Internet.

We do have a couple of members well versed in appliance issues and they may have a better answer than I. Burning rubber could mean a seal that is for some reason rubbing on a moving part, perhaps in the spin cycle. Gasoline smell...I have absolutely no idea unless you have been washing items soaked in gasoline.
Old 05-27-15, 03:41 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

If you post the model number for your machine I can look deeper into your problem.

Gasoline and burning rubber are two distinctive and totally different smells. Burning rubber smell in an older washer is not out of the question especially if it's a belt drive model.... but gasoline smell... you're in trouble with that one.
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Thanks PJmax. The model # is WCXR1070T2WW

As for the smell, to me it smells like gasoline, to my husband it smells like burning rubber. I actually think it also kind of smells like hot tar. Does that help at all?
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