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The older GE washer design stayed essentially the same for decades and proved to be a reliable machine. I consider its original black plastic housing 'clam shell' timer with replaceable parts to be the best in the industry. Later models went to the more common metal body timer design.
All electrical repairs were easy to make. The suspension is a bit bizarre but it works as long as it has a sturdy floor under it (doesn't like plywood floors in trailer homes). An unbalanced load can dislodge the transmission boot creating a flood. The mechanical design is sturdy. The motor clutch is a little difficult to get off when it needs replacement.
The problems are listed in the order that they occur most frequently. The repair procedures are designed to be printed out by your Web browser for reference while making the repairs.
Additional service information for this older washer design can be found at Washing Machine Repair: Chapter 5
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