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Kenmore Laundry Center Model # 417-97962701


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#1 tmeans

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 09:25 AM

I have a 3 year old Kenmore Laundry Center, stackable, gas dryer. A few weeks ago small spots started appearing on clothes after they were dried. The spots vary in size from half an inch in diameter to more than two inches. They appear to be oil spots. After researching the topic the most likely cause seems to be that the gear box seal is failing. I would appreciate any advice on how to resolve this.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 01:20 PM

the only permenant fix is to replace the tranny. the
seal usually fails from excessive play in the drive shaft.
Your going to need a 6 packer for this job.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 06:52 PM

Appl.tech 29501 thanks for your response. I've found a transmission through Sears. Having never replaced a transmission, is it fairly straight forward? What do you mean by a "six packer?" Thanks.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 08:12 PM

I mean it's a lot of work !

If the unit is in a closet it will have to be taken out.

Its also recommended that the bearing and seal also be replaced at the same time.
your may be ok if its only a few years old.

I will try and find another post and link it here that describes the repair.

basically you have to dismantle the entire washer,,,cabinet, tubs, wiring to the washer.
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Posted 03 July 2011 - 08:44 PM

well of course I can't find the post I was looking for, I think it may have
been on our old site.

Never the less when your ready to do the repair
i'll walk ya through it.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 09:15 PM

well of course I can't find the post I was looking for, I think it may have
been on our old site.

this one ?

AccApp wrote: This Laundry Center was made by Frigidaire. Very straightforward disassembly, just a lot of work. First remove the two screws at the bottom of the front panel and shove the front panel down and off. Then remove the washer top by unscrewing the two screws which hold it to the main cabinet, removing the lid switch leads and then lifting the front up and pulling pulling the whole top out. Pretty easy from here, NOT. I like to pull the whole tub/trans/ leg and dome assembly out by removing the wire harness to the drive motor and the six springs which hold it to the base. Then you can pull the whole thing out and access the top cover tabs much easier. You'll have to unscrew the agitator hold-down bolt and remove the agitator, then undo the five bolts which hold the inner tub to the trunnion, remove the iner tub and then attack the two screws holding the trunnion to the trans shaft. Now the really fun part, remove the trunnion and sand the rust off the shaft so the outer tub can come off once the three screws holding it to the leg/dome are removed. Flip the tub over, pop the old bearing out and install the new bearing. Be sure to use a new tub seal and the two trunnion lock screws or they will fail. A new lock plate is not a bad idea even if the old one looks fine. Throw in a new belt while you're there.
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 06:29 AM

Dang how you do that Reg ??? That's one of em and yes those will get you down through outer tub removal.

Think i'm going to make a new set of instructions for this...
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 06:54 AM

Dang how you do that Reg ???

:whistling:
just searched the "old" forums.. that search is better than the new forum search
frigidaire "Laundry Center" replace transmission 29501
8 searches found
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:08 AM

dang I tried that except I didn't use the "29501"
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:11 AM

Appl.tech 29501 thanks for your response. I've found a transmission through Sears. Having never replaced a transmission, is it fairly straight forward? What do you mean by a "six packer?" Thanks.



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Posted 04 July 2011 - 08:53 AM

What do you mean by a "six packer?"


He's referring to the world-famous SUDS-o-meter ==> http://fixitnow.com/...t-be-to-fix-it/

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 08:21 PM

well of course I can't find the post I was looking for, I think it may have
been on our old site.



Hahaha - I went looking for those too - I saw the one that Reg posted - we had a couple in the old forum which outlined the electrical boxes on the spring trick and all, but can't seem to locate 'em now :(
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 10:30 PM

stakable washer springs "electrical box"

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If it is a one piece laundry centre (top load washer) then you cannot reomve the dryer - to work on washer, remove the 3 large springs by streching them out and inserting electrical boxes in them, then pull the tub back toward that spring and it remains sterched out - leave the electrical box in it and remove it (you'll need 3 boxes) once the 3 springs are off, you pull the "milk-stool" out of the cabinet to service it, normally the tub seal leaks a bit of water into the tub bearing and gums it up causing it to bind, you can replace the bearing and tub seal, while you're at it, a belt and snubber are usually in order
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:24 AM

Yeah, there were a few that had the spring/boxes mentioned - and then. of course, there was this: http://applianceguru...rum2/28064.html


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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:44 PM

Yeah, there were a few that had the spring/boxes mentioned - and then. of course, there was this: http://applianceguru...rum2/28064.html



:fart: I remember that...just sent a sharp pain throughout my rectum !!!

I still wanna figure that one out !!!
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