Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
Randall From Seattle, WA
Jul 12, 2009
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Unplugged the washer. Pulled it away from the wall far enough so it would be stable tilted back against the wall. That way I didn't have to disconnect any hoses or lay the machine down.
I used a ViceGrips to squeeze the hose clamps and then pulled the hoses off. Getting the pliers in the right position in the tight space was the hardest part of this whole job, and that still wasn't particularly hard. I have medium sized hands (for a man).
I flipped open the retainer clips with my fingers. Pulled the pump off and slid the new one on. It helped to make sure first that the flat side of the motor shaft was roughly facing the same way as the slot in the pump.
I reattached the hoses and popped the retaining clips back on. Held my breath and ran the washer. No more leak!
Incidentally, before I discovered PartSelect I called Whirlpool service. I asked if they could have the tech show up with the part. They said "No." I'd have to pay the fee for a diagnostic visit and then the tech could order parts and return to install them. They said there would be no service charge for the return visit.
Several years ago I believed this story when I called for a dryer repair. However, when a second technician returned with the part I had told the dispatcher the first time around was needed, he came up with some excuse why there had to be a supplemental service charge. I challenged it on my credit card and eventually got it removed, but it was a hassle.
Thank you PartSelect! And thanks to others who posted their experiences and gave me confidence to fix it myself.
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Part Number: PS342434