Our top loading Kenmore clothes washer has been leaking a small amount of water from
the front of the machine for
several year, and getting only slightly worse. I know because my wife complained.
:-). It's model #110.4680290,
bought in 1996. Only the two of us, so not heavy usage.
I removed the metal body covering, and it seems as if the plastic sealed-unit water
pump is leaking, around the
gasket which seals the place where the motor shaft connects. The local Sears parts
place has about 20 of this part
#3363394 in stock at $49.99 each, which says something to me about the reliability of
the part. :-)
Is there any way to fix the pump, or any sealing compound I could put inside, similar
to how a car tire can now be
Dave, it's Canadian product & model #, and I've double checked the #.
I hadn't made it clear in my message, but I had removed the pump with no problem,
there's no rust on the well-oiled
To make sure of the leak's location, since there is no rust on the motor shaft, I'll
run the washer with the case
off, as you suggest on your site, in you excellent instructions. I don't know how to
be absolutely sure of where the
water is leaking.
Thanks for your help, and I hope your US Thanksgiving is a good one. Our Canadian
Thanksgiving, on Oct. 11, was just
After the double-check, I'm sure the (fairly small) leak is at the water pump, so
I'll replace it. Luckily there is
New problem: I've re-assembled the machine, everything is fine except
* during the wash cycle, the water doesn't cycle from the top of the tub as it used
to do. I.e., the soapy water
isn't constantly recycled (pumped) out of the water inlet and into the tub when in
the wash cycle. I wonder if I hit
a wire (I hope that's it).
Considering that this particular design of water pump is used on almost 60%
of all washers sold in the U.S., that's probably not an excessive number of
parts to have on hand. Especially considering that it's been in use since
As Dave in another post states, he has them for sale at $20 which reflects
on his lack of overhead enabling him to accept a tighter margin and still
stay in business.
I see online that Sears parts at Sears.com has it for $40.99 plus shipping.
I would think the local parts center would have it at that price and because
it is trucked in, there usually isn't a shipping charge. >
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