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GE Washer Squeaks when agitating


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#1 DGOas

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 10:48 AM

GE Washer WWA8806MAL WH

When the washer is agitating, there is a very loud squeaking sound. On the floor under the washer, I found two large drops of oil. There is some oil on the large pulley/flywheel under the center agitator.

I don't see where/how to refill the oil, nor exactly where it is leaking.

Thanks for any ideas you have!

- Dan


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 02:45 PM

Rule of thumb: when a GE washer transmission starts leaking oil, it's done with this world.

It's trash, go shopping.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:42 PM

You don't need to put it to sleep yet.  How old is it?

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:45 PM

Can the Jedi do a resurrection on this dead horse?

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:03 PM

It's about 12 years old...

So it's leaking inside the transmission? And it's cheaper to buy a new washer than replace the transmission?

Thanks for all the help!


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:11 PM

     Fling a little kitty litter under it to drink up the drops of oil.   Run it till it dies.  The squeak could be your agitator.  You still have time together.

     Are you thinking about getting another GE?


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:28 PM

The squeaking is loud enough that I doubt it will be long. I'm not concerned about the amount of oil there right now...I reported it mostly to help with diagnosis.

Not sure about what machine to buy...I clicked through on the link above and only got depressed -- service calls every two-three years? The only reason I started repairing stuff myself is that I had a bad experience with a repair service.

I'm actually glad you guys are here. I have much more faith if you guys tell me it's trash than a repairman.

So...no replacing transmissions isn't worth the time, expense, risk?

Again...thanks!


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:31 PM

And re-reading the message, "the squeak could be the agitator".

That sounds likely to me. It sounds like rubber squeaking - and it squeaks in time to the agitating. It doesn't squeak during the other parts of the cycle. I tried lifting the top and putting some lube on the seal between the top of the tub - no luck.

So what would I do about a squeaky agitator?


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:37 PM

[user=380]DGOas[/user] wrote:

So what would I do about a squeaky agitator?


Replace the agitator coupler.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:54 PM

OK...now you got me wondering.

I looked at your picture, and I think I can tell that some of it is sarcasm.

An assumption...the picture is the agitator from the top, inside the machine.

Mine is a little different. I pulled a cap of the top of the agitator. I then reached down and just pulled the agitator off the spindle. Inside is a fluted rod that goes inside the agitator. Right below are some rubber rings. Everything else looks watertight and solid down to the tub.

Do you think I should just lube up the rubber parts? I can't see that it would affect the knurled parts that fit together. Other ideas? Can I run a load without the agitator to see if it still squeaks?

Thanks for the tips!


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:58 PM

[user=380]DGOas[/user] wrote:

I looked at your picture, and I think I can tell that some of it is sarcasm.


Sarcasm? Moi? Pishaw!

The agitator coupler is inside the agitator. It can be an unholy beeotch to get out. Hence my proprietary removal technique.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 06:06 PM

Well, I think I just got my agitator out. (big plastic thing with fins...). I just pulled. Actually, your description and picture helped because I knew that it was a pressure fitting...I was a little surprised that it came out, but I just pulled straight up.

So what's this coupler thing? Should I just grease the rubber bushings up under there? Is there some other metal piece I'm supposed to do something to?

There was a little plastic thing in the bottom of the tub. I pulled it off, but everything looks tight there.


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Posted 25 April 2005 - 10:19 AM

[user=380]DGOas[/user] wrote:

So what's this coupler thing?

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