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Member Since 25 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active May 08 2012 02:41 PM

#231887 Kenmore Elite Oasis HE (OL) error code

Posted by anubis48473 on 07 May 2012 - 01:31 PM

Final update folks, I got it fixed! I tried all sorts of stuff to get the basket out of the washer. I used WD40, penetrating oil, CLR and finally tried something I found online to remove corrosion... WHITE VINEGAR. Within five minutes of pouring the vinegar on the part it loosened up and popped right off. What I thought was a spanner nut, was in fact a plastic bushing down the center of the basket. It looked like a spanner nut because of the dark color of the plastic and the way it was shaped.

After I got the basket out, I cleaned, scraped and sanded down the shaft. I also scrubbed out the center of the basket once I realized it was plastic. I tested the fit several times and made sure the basket would float freely. I put it everything back together after cleaning the crap out of everything with Simple Green.

We've tested it several times with loads of various sizes. It works just fine. You can't imagine how happy the little lady was when she heard the machine agitate that first night. I told her I'd put it on my annual list of spring projects to clean that shaft once a year, so we don't have this happen again. It might have taken five years to build up to that point, but 30 minutes of work is enough to stop it from happening again.

Thanks to all of you who offered help and suggestions. Paw-Paw your suggestion started this whole thing, so I know I owe you a beer. As soon as I figure out how to do that, I'll make it happen.

Thanks again everyone... Anyone I know who has trouble with any appliance I'll pass them on to Appliantology!

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