View single post by mck
 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 12:19 am
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Joined: Sun Feb 18th, 2007
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I'm hoping for a minimal repair job, just bearing and seal replacement.  I have my washer taken apart and have new bearings installed, I'm just waiting for a new seal to arrive so I can reassemble everything.  I know nothing of the world of bearings and seals which leads to my question.  There are very light grooves worn into the shaft, so light that I can't even feel them with my finger nail.  Is that a concern for the effectiveness of the seal?  Chicago Rawhide sells somthing called a Speedi-Sleeve
and I ordered one with my seal.  Is there any problem with using a speedi-sleeve?  Is it a waste on money?

I've learned a few things doing this.  I would never have been able to attempt this without all the help from generous people at this forum.  The internet has made this possible but there's limits to what the internet can do.  Taking the washer apart was fairly easy but I wasted many hours searching the internet for a replacement seal.  I was lulled into thinking it would be easy to find because it was so easy to find the bearings online using the specs provided here
Finding the seal turned out to be easy (well I don't have it yet but it's coming) once I remembered that I have a telephone and I can still talk to people.  I never realized that there are stores that specialize in selling bearings and seals and related stuff.  If this is news to anyone else you can find a bearing store close to you with Google Local  Click on find businesses and type in your address and search for "bearings".  My neighbor tried to help me get the bearings out.  We splintered a wooden dowel in the attempt.  He suggested I call around and find somebody with a press to get them out and put the new ones in.  My local auto mechanic didn't have a press but told me to bring my stuff in.  I brought the rear tub to him and within 20 minutes he had the old bearings out and the new ones installed.  He was happy to do it and it save me lots of time.  A helpful mechanic should also have a puller to take off the rear pulley.

I hope this helps anyone else out there who might be mechanically challenged like me.