After about 17 years of trouble free use, our GE washer has
finally broken down. There has been evidence of oil underneath
for quite some time, but always ran well until a few months ago
when I noticed the washer would make a tapping noise with each
agitation. It now will not agitate or spin, just fill and pump the water
out. There was a burnt rubber smell when I found it dead, popped
off the back and saw that the belt was in pretty sorry shape.
The basket seemed to be locked and there was a skid mark around
the inner part of the cabinet and oil on the clutch. Yanked the
agitator with a little effort (it had never been off). The drive
tube had some corrosion on it which I scraped off and am thinking
maybe I should spray it with primer if I can get the tranny out.
I had tipped this thing up against a wall to get a better look. I
would say there was a coating of oil on the floor but it wasn't like
it was a puddle. I tried to take the 3 bolts out of the basket, but
it has now freed up. Have a new belt, but need to know how do
I get the basket to stay put so I can ratchet the bolts out? I'm
thinking if I can get a seal and replace the lost oil I might be ok.
Any thoughts on how I can get the bolts free? Not able to get any leverage with it spinning. Thanks...Mark.