Frigidaire GLTF1670AS frontloader. Not quite 5 years old but not much
left under warranty. Replacement part for the motor, driven pulley or
motor controller which prove to be defective; replacement part for an
inner wash basket that breaks due to a defect in materials or
workmanship. Limited warranty won't pay for labor, pickup, delivery or
The washer has been noisy lately and last sounded like it was going to
shake itself into a cartoonlike explosion. I turned it off in
mid-cycle and took the back panel off the next morning. One of the
shock absorbers is broken and that may not be the worst problem.
The shock absorber broke at the base where it has a hole a large
plastic pin goes through.
How difficult would this be for me to fix myself if I just bought the
new shock absorbers, if it were all that needed fixing? $50 if a
repairman just comes out and I don't know how much more labor could
The back behind the tub seems to have been leaking grease or oil for
some time apparently through the hole the shaft goes through. A
pattern of oil on back of tub, the circular thing the shaft attaches
to (a belt goes around this; part of a belt and pulley system) and the
sides and bottom of inside of washer pretty much parallel to the belt.
Nothing more specific to say about source of leak as I just don't know
anything more specific. I presume this is something serious, beyond my
capability to fix and likely to be expensive enough that getting a new
washer might be a better move than getting a repair. Would appreciate
thoughts on what the problem might be, whether it might be something I
could fix myself (not likely) and whether it sounds like getting a new
washer would be cheaper.
If a new washer may be the better move what might be good models to
choose from? Can't be wider than 27-28 inches to fit in the space
available and 28 might be pushing it too much. Think one appliance
store and a Wal-Mart would be the only local appliance sources though
there should be several other options about 20-30 miles away. Maybe I
can borrow a neighbor's truck to move washers though I don't know how
I'd get them in or out of the truck and the ride might be bumpy some
of the way. Delivery charges can run quite high and disposal of the
old washer is a problem unless the seller of the new one will take it
away since I'd not only have to move it but pay a fee to use the
county dump. County dump has a fancier name nowadays, of course. Land
fill or something like that.
Photos at a file sharing site for anyone that wants to see what I'm
trying to describe. Links below. No passwords or anything needed, not
a dodgy site like some file sharing sites. Suggest testing the
archives with anti-virus and something like Spybot Search and Destroy
before extracting contents as routine safety precautions. I trust me
but why should you?
All help appreciated,
or just 8 of the photos in a smaller file (7.43 MB)