I have a GE wwse5240g0ww. From looking under the tub, I see water leaking from the center and assumed a tub seal issue. The leak was small, maybe 1 drop every 2 seconds.
It was quite difficult getting the washer disassembled. I had to spray penetrating oil and it took several hours just to get the Agitator Coupling off. The hub nut was so stuck that it took a full 10 seconds with an impact wrench to get it off. It took a few minutes to get the split ring off. The hub washer was also stuck. It took a few hours of penetrating oil to get that off.
The tub seal was quite deteriorated. I cleaned out the area the best I could and installed the new tub seal. Per videos online, I put dishwashing soap on there to help it in. It went in quite easily, I thought it would have been a very tight fit. It was loose enough that if I tried to rotate it, I could spin it with my hand a little.
I tried filling the tub with water up to the seal to check for leaks and saw the leak was worse, a small steady stream of water.
Thinking, that maybe the seal needs weight on it or needs to run a cycle to fully seat properly, I reassembled the washer. I noticed that with the groove on the shaft, the tub washer doesnt touch the top of the tub seal. I thought that it was supposed to hold the seal down but perhaps not. anyways, after reassembly and running a cycle, the leak was the same, maybe a little worse.
I disassembled again (much smoother this time though the agitator coupling was still hard to get off). I noticed the tub seal is now up on the shaft. I guess spinning pulled it out? I attached a photo
I'd appreciate some advice on how to proceed. Perhaps, the seal is defective?