How to replace the rubber gasket in a washing machine

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How to replace the rubber gasket in a washing machine
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A faulty or worn rubber gasket in your washing machine can cause leaks, damaging both the machine and your floor. Fortunately, you can replace the rubber gasket yourself, avoiding an expensive service visit. You will remove the basket and tub of your washing machine to access and replace the gasket. Wear safety gloves and goggles while you work and take care not to damage any washing machine parts as you remove them.

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Things you need

  • Socket wrench, with extension
  • Screwdriver
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety gloves
  • Hammer
  • Drift punch
  • Spanner wrench
  • Locking wrench
  • Propane torch, if needed
  • Replacement gasket
  • Soap

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  1. 1

    Pry up or lift off the top of the agitator, exposing the stud and seal that holds the agitator in place. Using a socket wrench with extension, remove the stud and seal in the agitator. Lift the agitator straight up out of the washing machine. Your agitator may come in two parts, which can both be taken out after the stud and seal have been removed.

  2. 2

    Open the tabs that hold the splash guard in place around the top of the tub, or pry off the metal clips that secure it with a screwdriver. Detach the splash guard.

  3. 3

    Remove the locknut in the tub's centre column (where the agitator rests) with a hammer and drift punch or spanner wrench. Be careful not to damage the basket with the hammer.

  4. 4

    Lift the basket straight up and out of the washing machine, being careful not to damage it.

  5. 5

    Unclamp and detach the drain hose and water-level air hose from the tub using a locking wrench. Remove the springs at the bottom of the tub with a locking wrench. Unscrew the spring brackets and the tub from the washing machine frame.

  6. 6

    Lift the metal drive block from the top of the agitator shaft. If the block is stuck in place, heat it with a propane torch and tap upward on it with a hammer.

  7. 7

    Rock the tub side to side gently to work it loose. Pull the tub up and out of the washing machine body.

  8. 8

    Squeeze the old gasket in the bottom of the tub, pushing it out through the bottom of the tub. Push in the replacement gasket from the bottom of the tub.

  9. 9

    Apply soap to the agitator shaft to aid in reassembly. Put the washing machine back together by reversing the above steps.

Tips and warnings

  • Unplug the washing machine and turn off the water supply before beginning any repairs.
  • Wear safety goggles and gloves when removing the locknut from the centre column of the washing machine, and when you remove the springs at the bottom of the washing machine tub.

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