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mtnbiker3000 10-16-2012 11:17 AM

Broken coupler and Gear Oil Leaked
So, the other day I noticed my clothes were still soaked when the washer was done. After a little exploring, I noticed it would not spin in any setting. Didn't check to see if it was agitating properly (probably should have checked that too before disassemble :o).

Upon pulling out the motor, I notice the coupler had the teeth sheared off of the motor end. I am assuming this is the problem. Have a new coupler on the way.

The only other issue I am concerned about at this point, is that when I had the machine laid over on it's back, the tranny leaked about 3, maybe 4 ounces of gear oil. I really don't want to buy a bottle or take the tranny out if I don't need to. My question is, is there still enough oil in the tranny? Or do I need to add a few more ounces back in? It looks like the only way to do that is pulling the tranny apart, which I don't want to do... I read somewhere that there is between 12 and 15 ounces in there when full. Will the small amount I lost be missed??????

Simon / APP Team 10-16-2012 03:17 PM


With that amount of oil missing the transmission life span will be shorter.
How much shorter???...


mtnbiker3000 10-16-2012 04:38 PM

Well, if it goes 2 or 3 more years I would be elated!!! BTW - I have some 75w90 that I used in the diffs of my Subaru. Is this stuff OK, or should it be a straight 60 or 90? Also, how do you know if it is "detergent free?"

Simon / APP Team 10-16-2012 05:28 PM

Sorry, this is beyond my expertise.


richappy 10-17-2012 02:45 AM

Did the oil come out the top by the spindle, or out the side seal where the coupler goes?

mtnbiker3000 10-17-2012 08:08 AM

Haven't looked that far into it. It only leaked when it was laid over on the back. Once I stood it back up, no oil... I assume it came from the overflow hole??

richappy 10-17-2012 01:12 PM

Your tranny is probably ok asuming the clutch is not oil soaked. I never lay these washers down, too many bad things could happen like oil leaks and skateplate moving out of place.

mtnbiker3000 10-17-2012 02:38 PM

New to this... What is the skate plate??

richappy 10-18-2012 02:00 AM

The movable, triangular plate under the tub.

mtnbiker3000 10-18-2012 09:08 AM

I have rebuilt a couple of dryers, but this is my first washer.

Lesson 1 - don't lay completely over ;-)

So, I am going to assume the tranny will be fine missing a few ounces of oil. Not going to pull it apart unless absolutely necessary.

I do have a question about the agitator bolt and rubber washer that I pulled out. When I took it out, there were two rubber washers on it. One small, beveled washer that fits snug on the threads of the bolt. And another wider, flatter washer that almost pulls over the top of the bolt head (doesn't seem to fit right) - Left and center of pic.

When I bolt it back down, the bigger washer doesn't seem to seat right, and if I don't hold it in place with a screwdriver, it will twist and pop out over the top of the bolt. Even when it stays on, it doesn't look like it would properly seal anything.

I bought a new flat washer from Lowe's (on the far right of photo) that fits nicely under the head of the bolt like it seems it should work better.

Why are there two rubber washers on one bolt? I inherited this washer from a family member, but I don't think anyone has ever pulled the agitator bolt before, so I believe it is stock…

Again, the two washers on the left were on the bolt when I took it out of the agitator assembly. Is this correct? Why?

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