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Member Since 09 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active May 17 2015 12:49 PM

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In Topic: Old Skol Whirlpool LAF5500W1 washer rebuild

26 April 2015 - 06:38 PM

I'm tapping out on this one :( .....there is lots on play in the spin tube shaft where the bushings are located. 


I look @ the washer and cant help but get more discouraged with it every time I see it. Maybe now I can regain some of my garage back 


I'm gonna piece this out and hopefully get some of my $$ back...thanks for all the help and suggestions.


If I took one thing away from this experience........older washing machines are built like tanks!



In Topic: Old Skol Whirlpool LAF5500W1 washer rebuild

06 April 2015 - 08:43 AM

Wow lots of info to soak in....thank you TONS.

I will look into all of this and fig out my findings.......either way looks like the install tool will be key to make this job smoother.


Thank you all for the input!

In Topic: Old Skol Whirlpool LAF5500W1 washer rebuild

03 April 2015 - 01:07 PM

ok before I go to cutting this seal with an open blade hacksaw.....would ya happen to know the part # for a shorter skirt upper support tube seal?

In Topic: Old Skol Whirlpool LAF5500W1 washer rebuild

30 March 2015 - 06:36 PM

greaaaattttttttt  :mad:  :( ........looks like I'm SOL without this tool......gonna hate to do this, but it may become scrap metal and just resale parts (timer, motor, etc......) to someone who can use them.



How much do I REALLY want to make this work......$$ is becoming a issue.

I would compare this to restoring a classic car on a much smaller scale.



14510 - BEAR. PULL



14857 - INSTALLER (this tool is kinda hard to find....so far this is the only site I could find it)




In Topic: Old Skol Whirlpool LAF5500W1 washer rebuild

29 March 2015 - 08:25 PM

Take a screwdriver and hook it under the lip of the seal and pry it up.  It should come out fairly easily.  If the bushings are good you can get away with just changing the seals.  The bushings are another story.  They can be a bear to change.  If you have to change them then the best way is with a special tool for removing and installing them.  It's not cheap, maybe you could borrow one from the local repair shop.  It would be a shame to junk the washer now after all you have done so far.  You may be able to just pop out the old seal and change it and get by.  The thing is you need to check for play between the spin tube and the bushing.  If you have too much play you will need to change them.



Does the tool have a special name? Maybe I can find one on eBay plus I want sound like I know what I am talking bout if I do go into a repair shop.  


I tried a screwdriver and having no luck...maybe a race removal tool? Looks like this calls for s trip to HF.


So the bushing is the one located @ the bottom of the tub....correct?

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