I have a Speed Queen AWM332W top loading washing machine. Lately I've been getting dark gray/black spots on my clothes, primarily on my towels and clothes.
I DO NOT use fabric softener of any kind nor does this machine even have a softener dispenser. I always fill the unit first, then pour in my detergent, let it agitate and then add my clothes.
Other research online has pointed to the possibility of the transmission leaking oil, that the oil floats atop the water when full and then settles on the clothes when the unit drains.
I also read that a heavy load puts a strain on the trans causing more oil to leak, which would explain why only my towels and clothes have had a problem so far...they're my heaviest load.
The washer agitates and spins flawlessly so the transmission seems okay otherwise.
If you too think this is indeed the problem, besides the obvious solution of replacement, what are my options? Is there a seal that can be replaced on the transmission without having to replace the entire transmission? Or any Mickey Mouse solution?
I appreciate your help.