I have a Kenmore Washer #16502 and it has been working fine for the last
Today I discovered the "tub ring" - the top plastic portion of the tub
is badly damaged. The inside of the tub ring (the part that is facing
the agitator) seemed to be, for lack of a better word, "fraying".
Plastic fibers are coming off it for no apparent reason. I am certain
this did not happen over time, but probably over the period of one week
or less. Almost looked like I was washing knives and electric drills
and saws in the washer. I cannot figure out what could have caused
this, and there seems to be no damage on other plastic parts (for
example, the plastic agitator cap is perfectly OK with no damage or even
a slight scratch).
What could have happened to cause such a damage? I did not put any
metal parts into the washer except for zippers on pants.
Is this part replacable? I have a parts diagram with the original
owner's manual and it does not show this tub ring under the "Do It
Yourself Replacement Part - May Be Purchased" listing. Not sure how I
would take it apart anyways - seems I have to remove the lid first is
this a pretty straight forward task for someone who is fairly handy
(except for electrical stuff)?
Any advise appreciated and thanks in advance,