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Old 08-31-2010, 01:58 PM
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We have a Maytag washer that is probably 20 years old. It is leaking a black fluid thru the holes of teh tub. I thought it might be grease but does not feel greasy to teh touch, but leaves black stains on the clothes.

Would it be worth calling a repairman or just buy new?

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We have a Maytag washer that is probably 20 years old. It is leaking a black fluid thru the holes of teh tub. I thought it might be grease but does not feel greasy to teh touch, but leaves black stains on the clothes.

Would it be worth calling a repairman or just buy new?
CJ,

Try this first , then you can decide.

Take an article with a stain on it.

Iron the spot with an iron, or run hot water on the spot, and wring it out.

Smell the spot, The heat will activate the molecules in the stain and produce an odor.

If it smells "sweet" like softner or detergent or other additive(s)it's not an oil leak, just a build up of chemicals and dirt in the tub.

If it smells like motor oil or an old sisal rope, you've got a leak in the transmission and mounting stem/seal.

You're talking major overhaul / repair if that's the case.

If it's a sweet odor, that can be washed out, with hot water and a de greaser or strong detergent.

Good luck,

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