07:56AM | 02/14/04
Member Since: 02/13/04
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I have an older Kenmore Series 80 washer and I'm getting spots on my clothes. They look like grease spots - they are grayish brown in color and irregular in shape. They are especially prevalent on cotton clothes. Does anyone know what is going wrong?


09:27AM | 02/14/04
Member Since: 02/11/04
27 lifetime posts
Most likely a transmission seal leaking.


12:50PM | 02/14/04
Member Since: 02/13/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks! From the "Fay" posting, if I remove the tub, will I be able to see this seal too, and replace it? Or is this something that I should call a repair person in to do?


09:45AM | 02/15/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** Most likely a transmission seal leaking. **

Most Kenmore washers are made by Whirlpool. From what I understand, it would be unusual for such a washer design to leak transmission oil into the tub where it can come into contact with clothing.

The only way to tell for sure which manufacturer made this particular washer is with the model number off the model and serial number tag. You can find tips for locating the model number tag on your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my site linked below.

Dan O.
The Appliance Information Site



04:19AM | 03/05/04
Member Since: 01/22/04
46 lifetime posts
Our GE washer was leaving spots on clothing at times. We pulled the agitator out and cleaned out the inside - which had accumulated "gunk" over the years. We believed this is what left the grease marks on the clothes.
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