With all this talk about pump problems I have a question: Since you all are out working on all brands and type machines and seeing how different people use different brands of detergent, have you ever noticed there was a certain brand that was better on machine parts and one that seemed to be worse on them?
I can remember a guy working on a Kenmore machine for my Mom back in the 70's. The pump wasn't letting the water out which lead into the detergent talk. He asked her what detergent she used and she said Tide. He said that he had noticed over time that Tide seemed to be more harsh on pumps. He said his wife used Cheer because he had seen in other machines using Cheer that they seemed less corroded and it seemed less harsh on parts.
Several years back my neighbor had a problem with her Kenmore which she used Tide w/bleach all the time. When the guy got it apart she said she was shocked how Tide had built up under the inside tub. She said the guy told her Oh, they all look like that. He then told her if she would use Wisk all the time she wouldn't have build up. I guess because it was liquid?? or because there was an ingredient in it that helps keep the tub clean.?
So, just wondered if any of you ever run into messes of built up soap, or any machines you could tell the parts looked worse than others due to using certain products.