Washing machine gear case


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Old 01-25-23, 07:17 PM
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Washing machine gear case

Hello everyone. I have a Maytag washing machine, model MVWB765FW2 , it's a top load HE machine with an agitator and a glass door. I recently had to move
the machine only to find a grease splatter on the floor where it sat. Sure enough it was all around the bottom inside of the machine as well. I read that this meant the gearcase was bad. On this model you have to purchase the entire case, individual seals and bearings are not available. Anyway after getting the old gearcase out, it did not appear to be all that bad, seals and bearings looked to be in good shape. The wife said the machine wasn't any louder or acting any differently. When I flipped the old case over (during inspection) a tiny, maybe nickel sized amount of brown rusty water came out of the top. So i am guessing the "grease" was actually rusty water. But other than that everything was fine. It came apart easy too. I am not an appliance expert and was just wondering what you guys thought, cause it didnt seem to show any signs (that i know of) of a bad gearcase or failing seal or bearing.
 
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Old 01-25-23, 11:46 PM
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That's the same assembly as my Whirlpool washer that went bad last year, it's the seals (O-rings) on shaft assembly, Mine had the same problem, a rusty water leak under the machine. Mine did not come apart easily and I wasn't going to attempt a repair where it got that deep into the drive train and cost probably what the machine was worth.

So I did what I did with all my old appliances, stripped it down, have sold every part except the hinges and the inlet valve and recouped about 60% of the cost of the new machine, which will never be a Maytag/Whirlpool piece of crap again.
 
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Old 01-26-23, 10:04 AM
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Thanks Marq1, how much did yours leak? My fear is that seal could have caused a major leak although i am not sure that is actually possible.

Had I not moved the machine when I did, it would have gone unnoticed, there were nobother clues.


 
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Old 01-26-23, 10:10 AM
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If you had grease slung around the machine then it means the top seal is bad as that grease came out of the gearbox.
 
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Old 01-26-23, 03:12 PM
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Thanks PJMax, in my automotive experience it would be unlikely for a seal to completely fail but I like to err on the side of caution. I am trying to figure out how much water could leak from the machine at once. Not talking burst hose. My Floodstop water sensor will close off the valves if it comes in contact with water. I ordered two, one for inside the pan and one for behind it. Any thoughts?
 
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Old 01-27-23, 12:25 AM
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What really pissed me off was that I was in the process of replacing the top lid of that machine due to significant rust that I had complained to Whirlpool and they declined to do anything about.

I had moved the machine out and tilted it up to clean underneath, after replacing everything, when we saw the rusty water ring on the floor. It was a circular spray pattern about 18" in dia, not a lot of water, it was all dry.

 
 

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