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Maytag Washer LAT9304AAE Black Spots On Clothes

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Customer reports black spots on clothes. Does this unit have an upper seal that can be replaced? If so, part number and installation instructions will be greatly appreciated.

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First, are you sure it's oil or petroleum-based spotting? Can check it by seeing if the spots come out with just soap and water. If so, then it's not a seal problem-- it's gonna be something from the dryer (worn drum roller shaft shavings are a common cause of this), chemical reaction between fabric softener and detergent (have either of these changed recently), or stuff in the water.

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or a huge build-up of of gookus inside the tub, tub ring, and back side of the spin basket.

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The spots are definitely coming from the washer, and are oil based (per the lady of the house). I would like to be prepaired to change the seal if I find that to be the problem, but I haven't seen a drawing or anything that tells me whether that is practical.

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The only seal is the tub seal and if that were bad, there'd be other problems like leaking or not spinning. See Master Nick's comments for the places to look for gookus.

The spots are definitely coming from the washer, and are oil based (per the lady of the house).

Cue the Golden Rule of the Prophecy: Never trust customer diagnostics! ==> http://fixitnow.com/wp/2005/09/23/samurais-12-laws-of-appliance-repair/

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Thanks, I will be disassembling tomorrow. I wasn't sure if this model had a direct drive Whirlpool style transmision or the original Maytag style. I will post my findings. Thanks for all the help.

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Nyet, tovarish, this is the good ol' Maytag (B4 Whirlpool take over) Dependable Care washer. Read up on the manual tonight ==>

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Disassembled unit and found black grease around top of tub seal just beneath the agitator. Removed tub and found only minor crud tightly adhered to underneath of inner tub and sides of outer tub. Not sure where the grease came from as spin bearing appears fine with no noise and no leak underneath. I replaced the tub seal and had the customer test with old clothes and rags. Customer reports she ran three loads and did not see any spots. While there, I inspected the dryer and found no problem. Rollers and tensioner were in good shape and had no signs of wear. If the spots return, I will repost.

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