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GE WSXH208A1WW front load washer, level-shock failure  Rating:  Rating
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 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2006 01:59 pm
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Both sides failed  around the top rubber washer.  Probably one was broke for a while, but the wife did not complain load enough.  The Frigidaire part (134564200) seams to be half the price of the GE part (WH17X10001).  Are they the same?  Is there a better part that will last longer than 4 years?  These shocks are way under - designed, IMO.

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They are the same; Friggidaire makes this washer for GE. They're all in bed together.

Buy the shocks here:

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=1156908

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Thanks Samurai.
I repaired the originals with string and am waiting for the new ones from Michigan.
I really wanted to gets some industrial shock absorbers, but I do not have the time to look for them. 0.5" eyes; 7" compressed, 12" extended....

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Replacement shocks have two stage damping and are much quieter during the spin cycle.  The old shocks were a little quieter in the wash cycle.  The new shocks have a thumbing noice when the tub reverses direction.  This may subside with a few days of use.

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Wow - what an amazing site! I love it.

So I think I have this same problem and I looked at the part recommended.  But when I look up the part by Model number on repairclinic.com, it's a different part number -- clearly the same part, but looks a little different.  It looks like one is the "official" GE part and the other made by another company.  If so, is there a difference in quality?  I'm so pissed that my youthful washing machine, which I love, is already breaking, so I want to buy the best part.  

Here is what I found when I looked for the part by model number

http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?RccPartID=278890

versus the non GE part.

http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?RccPartID=1156908

Oh wise one, please enlighten me.

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Cannot say for sure, but if it's non-GE, it doesn't necessarily mean it is any worse...



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The washers, and thus the parts, are made by Electrolux Home Products (aka White-Westinghouse, aka Frigidaire, etc.(historical note: these are the descendants of the 1950's Westinghouse front loaders)) You'll get the same part either way, may as well get the least expensive one.



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I finally took the back off the washer and confirmed that it is one of the level shocks that is broken.  Just so you know where I'm coming from, let's just say that my $5 title of Apprentice is an incredible overstatement.  We're lucky I got the back off the machine by myself.

So now I'm confused.  The part that is broken looks similar to the parts Im seeing on repair clinic, but not the same.  The repair clinic parts are more like rods than cylinders.  What's broken looks more like this:  http://www.appliancepartsworldwide.com/Store_Part.aspx?Id=148761

Before I pull out my credit card, could someone please help me understand why it's NOT better to buy the part that looks like the one in my machine?  Thanks in advance.

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The "rods" are the latest update, if I order the "shocks" they send the "rods" as they dampen vibration much better and the "shocks" are no longer available as a spare part. Both shocks are easily accessible from the front access panel.



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Thanks for the explanation.  I probably should have asked which side to open beforehand, too!

Much appreciated!

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