replaced bearing kit also and all is well, as advised by those here at appliantology.org, better to replace stem seal kit and bearing kit. You dont save much by doing only the stem seal kit. Also if rubber seals on stem seal were bad,it would only make sense that the rubber seal on the tub bearing couldnt be far behind.
Thanks to all, for the help!
P.S. The shaft pulled out because the plastic retainer ring had been removed, by: "yours truly"
Putta tha retaina backa where a it go and as a wise Samurai once said "Konnichiwa", back in bidness.
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