I have a 1980s GE Filter Flo top loading washing machine WWA7050GAL
Recently (and rather suddenly), I've had a problem with a large amount of water leaking out during the spin cycle. Upon further inspection, the water is leaking from the top of the tub, under the top cover.
I tested running the washer with the top cover removed, and didn't notice anything unusual until the spin cycle started. Once the spin cycle starts, the centrifugal force of the rotating tub sends water shooting rather forcefully out the top.
I'm aware that the top cover has a gasket, which normally would help to stop any splashing water from leaking out. But I'm getting the impression that it isn't designed to stop such a huge volume of water splashing so forcefully.
I took a video of the water splashing out with the top cover removed - I had to stop it just a few seconds into the spin cycle since there was so much water splashing out once it started to get up to speed. The machine was set to use the highest water level, which is what I normally use. https://drive.google.com/file/d/12igIDdPfk8V57YMeqYaqUIx-E8hpX4hN/view?usp=sharing
With the machine stopped, I did try moving the agitator by hand. It seemed to be locked to the rotation of the tub in both directions (I'm not sure if this is normal or not). It was easy to spin the agitator and tub clockwise, but very difficult to spin it counter-clockwise (it felt like a brake was applied).
I've had no problems with leaks until this started to happen suddenly the other day.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!