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I have a 20 year old washing machine, Model: LA712, Series 88. It still washes fine, but recently it has started to leave strong white streaks on all clothes, totally messing up colored clothes. It happens with any temperature, any detergent, and any load sizes. Does it have a filter that can be replaced? What could be causing this? Thanks. AA

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    Thanks for your response. I did what you suggested. I did not see any oil films on the standing water (I did let it sit for more than hour after the wash cycle ended).

    I thought I would clarify my earlier description. The strong white streaks they look very much like lint - what a dryer would do, except wetter and so it ends up reallly sticking to clothes and it shows very clearly on black/blue clothing, especially those that are very static-y.

    Any further thoughts on what is causing and how I can fix it?

    Thanks again,




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No, there is no filter.
As to discoloring clothes it is usually a dark stain.
My thoughts are there is an outside possibility that transmission oil might be in play.

Oil when mixed with water(especially emalsified with soap) will produce a somewhat whiteish creamy solution.

Try this, run a complete full warm water wash with the machine empty on normal speed.

When complete, start over again, but do not allow it to go beyond the wash cycle. Shut the machine off and allow the water to set in the washer for 1/2 to 1 hour. Then check the surface of the water for signs of any type of oily substance.

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  • John Hall Jan 08, 2010

    Good day,

    If your sure the problem initiates in the washer, You could try a fairly strong bleach hot wash to see if it helps.

    If not, the next step would be to remove the agitator, then the inner tube and make an inspection of the outside of the inner tube, and the inside of the outer tube. The other area is the pump itself, leaving parts of itself to be deposited in the outer tub, as well as all hoses.

    The inner tube is held on with a large nut, that requires the use of a special spanner wrench, to remove. It is a left handed thread.

    I don't know if you want to buy these tools or have a service tech do it for you.



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