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What oil to add to noisy transmission?

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I have a Frigidaire FWS235RFS5 washer. Lots of whining, squealing noise is coming from the transmission. I have removed the plug from the top of the transmission and I can see that the current level is well below the top. I want to try adding oil. What kind, what weight, what specs should I use?

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Is it noisy during agitation or spin?

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did any leak out?

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add a few ounces of mobil 1

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It's noisy during spin but not during agitation. I got the machine used so I don't know if any oil leaked out.

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If the noise is during spin, it's not because of a lack of oil.  In spin the complete transmission spins, none of the internal gears come into play for spin, only for agitate.

 

If you try to spin the basket by hand will it only turn in one direction and lock when trying to turn in the opposite direction?

 

If it turns freely in both directions the lower one-way locking bearing is bad and you would need to replace the transmission to repair, unless you are able to press the old bearing off and find a replacement bearing somewhere, (like E-bay).   The lower one-way locking bearings is most likely bad anyway even if it does lock up correctly in one direction, the bearing is most likely the source of your noise.

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That part is apparently not the one for the Frigidaire  FWS235RFS5.

 

The only bearing I can find in the parts list is the upper bearing. Could the part I need be called something besides bearing? Does the Frigidaire FWS235RFS5 definitely have a lower bearing?

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That bearing isn't listed in any part diagrams because Frigidaire's line is, "The only way to fix is new transmission",

 

The bearing is the correct one that should work on your machine, (IF you can get it apart).

 

Did you read the complete discussion that was linked to in post #9 above, if not read that before asking anymore questions, (It fully talks about what you are attempting.   Only other way to fix if changing the bearing isn't successful is to replace the complete transmission).

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Thanks a million, gentlemen.

 

I've looked at that link above. I don't want to think about or pay for a whole new transmission so I've ordered a new upper bearing (3204405) and will hope it does the trick. I've got the old bearing off and it looks like a solid piece with no moving parts. How can it go bad? Does it just get worn out and allow too much wobble?

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... If it turns freely in both directions the lower one-way locking bearing is bad

...The lower one-way locking bearings is most likely bad anyway even if it does lock up correctly in one direction,

... the bearing is most likely the source of your noise.

I don't think the upper Bearing will help your problem

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I agree with the other pros, change the whole transmission or live with the noise until its time to toss em.

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Upper bearing that is mounted in the plastic tub isn't going to fix your problem!!!!!

 

The lower one-way locking bearing is the usual problem on these machines.

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