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Author Topic: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?  (Read 2418 times)

Offline nolazach

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Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« on: February 15, 2014, 10:31:28 AM »

I'll admit I don't love it, but it's funny how many times I hear customers say "Sears wouldn't do it" or "A-1 said they don't touch them"   or "Dial One wanted $800 in labor".


   I had a guy call up and say "If you can change the transmission in my Kenmore(Frigidaire) Stack, I'll give you $600.  So I took the challenge.  I got $167 in the transmission, seal, baring and hub.  (Got a new 134612102 from Ebay for $114 Shipped) .  So it will be a good job.
I know it's a pain, but is it really that bad?    To me it's easier than changing a bearing in an agitator less top load.   


  I want to learn how to rebuild them.  I picked up two nice Whirlpools this week with bad tranny's. 
 
     Around here it seems like if I start doing them, I'll be one of the only ones. 
 

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2014, 01:13:19 PM »
I have had trouble with just getting the old one out from corrosion
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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2014, 01:38:01 PM »
I don't mind changing trannys as long as the customer is willing to pay .

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2014, 04:20:22 PM »
I don't mind changing theme either.
Sears? Is that German for Sales? ;)

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2014, 11:26:13 PM »
More like a $ears tech over inflates the estimate so the customer declines the repair....

I like replacing transmissions if they give me enough time.
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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2014, 10:14:12 AM »
This was my first time doing it with a stack.  My margin was high, so I called a buddy and offered him $20 an hour to help.  It wasn't that bad.  took us right at three hours.   Most of the issue was getting the unit out of the tight closet, and then taking off the seven screws that keep the body and dryer attached to the frame.  Once we did that, eveything was clear sailing. 
  I can see why other people wouldn't want to tie up that much time for one job.   I also got lucky finding a suitable transmission NIB for so cheap.   

   It wasn't a bad job at all.  I have the old transmission and want to open it up.  I have rebuilt a Mopar automatic before (46re) so I think a laundry transmission should be doable too. lol

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2014, 12:59:06 PM »
As far as I know, there are no parts to rebuild Frigidaire transmissions. Unlike a 46RE. Ever rebuilt an A727 Torqueflite? Those are awesome.
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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2014, 02:19:49 PM »
It sounds like you did a lot of unnecessary work.  I only remove the front panel and top. I leave all the springs attached.  When you remove bar at the hub, using the leverage of the basket, turn it to break it loose from the transmission. Lean the tub forward and remove the basket.  Remove the tub and transmission together. When you put it back together, you need to put the front spring back into the correct position. I can change these in less than an hour.

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2014, 02:23:58 PM »
May take me a little more time then tgoods, but do it the same. Don't change many transmissions in stacked units.

My best time on changing a Whirlpool direct drive top load washer transmission in a customers home is 20 minutes from start to finish. :D

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2014, 02:35:04 PM »
tgoods, I just followed the instructions in the book as it was my first time on this kind of unit.

  I can see that taking the pulley off and then the two transmission bolts would have made it easy to just pull out.  Of course did it the long way.
I know for the next time. 

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2014, 06:07:04 PM »
Mode Shifters, lots. Transmissions, not so much. I have enough HydroWave machines coming in to just replace the mechanical ones.

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2014, 01:14:17 PM »
Oh jeez.  Guy just called back and said it's making noise in the spin cycle.  So it sounds like there is a problem with the bearing.  So I am going to just pull it out again and change the bearing.
  It was a "brand new" one but it was questionable. 
  Hopefully I can do that without my helper today. 

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Re: Why does everyone hate to change transmissions in washers?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2014, 06:58:20 PM »
I had an apartment complex where they had over 100 of them,  one in each apartment.    Did a whole lot of frigidare tranny jobs.    Jr is right,   sometimes the corrosion makes it tough.    But not that bad a job.     Tough part is usually no room to work.    Once you do 10 or more of them,  they start getting easier.   
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