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Whirlpool Washer LA5550XPW3 Direct Drive Tub Support Confusion (Pics included)

mountainbiker33

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LA5550XPW3
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More than 10 years
Hi guys! I have found that many direct drives as of late need to have the tub support replaced (280184). If they don't, they at least need to have that top seal replaced (282401). However, I pulled one from a machine today with a seal installed under the top seal and the top seal itself is much deeper than the 282401. Are there two different seals? Have you guys ever worked with the seal & bearing kit for supports? If so, what is that like? The bearings look pressed in.

The ones we purchase usually come with a seal (282401) but they are not installed. The new one for the machine I am working on came with two.
 

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Jake

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Hi mountainbiker33, I got nothing to pull up for 282401.

Look at this diagram:
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Here's #24 with the upper and lower bearing and seal kit:
285203 Bearing and Seal Kit


Here's #4 support and brake kit, you can see that comes with #13 and #14:
Tub Support 280184


Jake
 

Jake

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