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GE WWA5600GALWH slinging water and oil/grease, shakes really hard in spin cycle

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This has been my son's washer for a few years and worked very well. We got it used for him when he moved out. Recently you will see that my Whirlpool "Gold" washer direct dirve went out so I used his washer while I repaired the Whirlpool. (Whilrpool direct drive working like new now!)

So I take over this machine and use it for two months while I was fixing the other one and it starts giving me problems.

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IT IS A TRUE WASHING MACHINE!! I have loved it. It WASHES the clothes so well, and spins them almost dry. It is very basic in it functions but gets your clothes clean. For about a month when in spin cycle it shakes like crazy. Sounds like a helicopter landing in the house :-) It jumps around on the floor in spin and it is annoying. BUT the real problem began a couple of weeks ago I starting seeing water underneath. So the other night I looked at it while it was running and saw a tiny stream of water running out of a hole on the pump and probably hitting the spinning rubber boot below the pump which slings the water against my back wall. It is also oily water. Notice the little round hole in the middle of the picture...

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I know nothing about this older machine. What is bad on the machine? Is the pump gone or is there o rings or gaskets to be replaced? And what can stop the shaking? The motor mounts look to be connected at all four points.

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that is the bearing weep hole...and yes, just replace the pump and soothe the savage beast...

undoubtably ,regus will be along shortly to link ya the part...

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See..told ya.

but mr patoff makes a good point...be sure this is the leak spot...a tub seal or bearing would be a deal breaker, of course.

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so my dilimena is do I invest anything in this "beast" as you say.

1)Why is there oil and water "weeping" out of the hole?

2)If I replace the pump does the oil and water stop? Or is it made to "weep"?

Reg_Us, you said you had one of these and the tub bearing. While the washer is running I observed water trickling out of the hole, then assumed the spinning rubber boot slung it against the wall. After the water dries it is very hard to get the greasy film off the wall.

4) So is there a concern the oil/grease is lower somewhere and needs replacing?

Kurtius, I do think it is the pump but you said "deal breaker" so I assume a tub seal or bearing is either expensive or a pain in the butt to fix so

5) I should send her to the appliance graveyard if so?

6) What about the crazy shaking in spin cycle? Could heavy vibration / dancing on the floor, indicate a bad bearing?

thanks,

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Here is an action photo of it running in full spin. Water with grease/oil trickling out and slinging off the wheel below. Water kind of sits on the plastic ledge/ring at the bottom of the pump.IMG_0312-Copy.jpg

2nd shot shows the spinning motor/bearing and the famous "ring of sling". Where does the grease comes from out of the pump? It makes me wonder if something else may be seriously wrong. At some point I probably should retire the beast if I have to replace too much. I feel very adequate in reparing anything on the direct drive washer at this point, but this old bones is new to me.

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Looks like it is just the pump leaking to me, based upon the sling pattern.

Yes, she is an old trooper and prolly fixable as far as the pump...the violent shaking may be the harder issue to correct.

isn't this type suspended on springs /rods?

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No suspension springs or rods, just one cable attached at, (I believe the front left corner), of the motor/transmission mounting base then runs up around a pulley in the corner of the cabinet then across to the front right pulley and back down to the base or around the corner to the right rear corner.

A large rubber star boot is between the outer tub which is mounted to the cabinet and the top of the transmission case, the complete transmission/motor/mounting plate/spin basket all float and moves in each diagonal direction. Should have good resistance when trying to move by hand.

The transmission and motor are mounted solidly to the base with a big brick weight on the front left corner, (make sure the weight is still attached and all of it's mounting bolts are tight).

Make sure all 8 of the suspension damper pads are in place on the four dampers, (one at each corner of the cabinet base), and make sure each damper spring is still mounted to the base, (none of the retainer straps have rusted out).

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