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Title: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on February 13, 2013, 09:18:41 AM
I'm trying to rebuild the gearcase of the Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1. The problem was that it wasn't neutral draining and would drain and spin at the same time. I got a neutral drain kit that included all the parts including the spin gear and have replaced all the old parts but when I test it out (gearcase open and running in agitate for 13 rotations and then in spin) it neutral drains for about 3 rotations and then starts spinning.

Help appreciated.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: tgoods on February 13, 2013, 09:32:04 AM
It needs full motor speed to work right.  Put it back in the washer and check it out.  I've never had one fail to go into neutral after installing this kit.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 09, 2013, 08:39:36 AM
Thanks.

I'm about ready to put everything back together, but there's a problem with the shaft seal. It doesn't seem to have one. I've attached a picture. When I tried scratching where the seal should have been it looked like it was metal.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: AJ on March 09, 2013, 09:06:56 AM
Then you will need oil seal kit part # 285352 (http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=omv7WULuxaw&subid=0&offerid=225193.1&type=10&tmpid=2111&RD_PARM0=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.appliancepartspros.com%252Fwhirlpool-oil-seal-285352-ap3043580.html&RD_PARM1=http&RD_PARM2=%253A%252F%252Fwww.appliancepartspros&RD_PARM3=.com%252Fwhirlpool-oil-seal-285352-ap3043580.html)
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: Bailey on March 09, 2013, 09:27:44 AM
I've never seen one fall out on its own. I haven't put one in recently but I think they have a metal outer case so you can tap it in. Its hard to tell from the picture but the hole would be deeper if the seal was missing.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 09, 2013, 09:38:35 AM
I'm not sure how to remove it. I got a new part (285352 (http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=omv7WULuxaw&subid=0&offerid=225193.1&type=10&tmpid=2111&RD_PARM0=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.appliancepartspros.com%252Fwhirlpool-oil-seal-285352-ap3043580.html&RD_PARM1=http&RD_PARM2=%253A%252F%252Fwww.appliancepartspros&RD_PARM3=.com%252Fwhirlpool-oil-seal-285352-ap3043580.html)) and there are 2 rings, a black one and a smaller orange one, in the package.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: tgoods on March 09, 2013, 11:27:41 AM
Drive a drywall screw into it and it will pop right out.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: AJ on March 09, 2013, 11:31:37 AM
I thought it was missing, what is there to remove?
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: Bailey on March 09, 2013, 01:45:42 PM
I think the bag comes with two different sizes. Use the one that looks the same as the one you take out.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: tgoods on March 09, 2013, 03:39:35 PM
The picture shows the seal is still there.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 13, 2013, 10:18:35 AM
I was wondering how much oil to put in? Should the cover be sealed on and oil added until it comes out of the pin hole?
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: AJ on March 13, 2013, 10:26:56 AM
Oil level should be as shown in the photo.
(http://appliancejunk.com/forums/gallery/0/1_21_04_08_7_00_53_29.jpg)
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: AJ on March 13, 2013, 10:27:32 AM
And cover sealed on
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 13, 2013, 11:02:04 AM
Thanks.

I tried moving the pinion gear manually clockwise and counterclockwise just to get things lubricated and when I shift to counterclockwise from clockwise, and the  "shift actuator" contacts the "agitate cam" it gets pretty hard to turn. (I've double checked to make sure all the parts were installed correctly). Is this a problem?
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 13, 2013, 11:48:47 AM
I meant to say, -- when I shift to clockwise from counterclockwise.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 13, 2013, 11:51:09 AM
That is - shifting into spin from agitate.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: JWWebster on March 13, 2013, 11:56:17 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieZ5y47TAMk
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: AJ on March 13, 2013, 11:59:13 AM
It needs to run at the proper speed to work correctly.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: fairbank56 on March 13, 2013, 01:34:36 PM

  Iv'e seen that video before. The part where he shows how to remove/replace the agitator cam is wrong. He has the cam on first and then the cam follower. That's backwards. The agitator shaft he removes from the gearcase is done correctly but that's not the same shaft he shows closeups of when removing/replacing the cam parts.

Eric
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 14, 2013, 10:58:16 AM
I'm having problems removing the shaft seal on the cover. It seems gasket sealer was used on it and it's coming off in pieces.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 14, 2013, 11:01:32 AM
Soak it in acetone?
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 17, 2013, 08:19:25 AM
Found a way to do it -- I put it on top of a propane burner and when the flames stopped I saw that the cover seal had fallen out.
Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: cisz on March 22, 2013, 03:16:47 PM
Good news -

I went ahead and put it all back together even though the old parts didn't look that worn.and it's now neutral draining.

Thanks to everyone for your help.

Title: Re: problem rebuilding gearcase Whirlpool direct drive washer WTW5505SQ1
Post by: AJ on March 22, 2013, 03:51:00 PM
That's great! Thanks for the update.  O0