Ge Washer Hub Nut
2 weeks ago I replaced the transmission/brake on my GE WLE6000B1WW washer. I had to use an impact wrench to loosen the nut to remove the tub from the tranny. When I put it back together I used the impact wrench to tighten. Last night while washing a load I had to stop because of excessive noise. I found the nut that I had really put on tight with the impact was stripped out and tub was loose. I now have a new bearing (between the outer and inner tub and a new nut. I do not know how tight to tighten it. Is there a torque spec?
Do I just tighten as much as I can with a ratchet/extension/socket? DO I use locktight on the threads?Answer
I have never had this problem, maybe because I don’t use an impact wrench. I use a spanner wrench and a hammer. But I looked into it for you and I get conflicting answers. In the GE official service manuals some say that nut must be
tightened to more than 75 lbs. In a different book (still GE manual) it says
turn it by hand till it is snug then turn it an 1/8 of a turn further (which
may or may not be 75lbs). After looking in the official GE service manuals I looked online and some guys said 90lbs and others said 100lbs and one guy said 110lbs. I would
stick closer to the GE manual you don’t want to over tighten it. None of the information I looked said anything about over-tighten it but if
you used an impact wrench that is what you would have more likely done.
I tightened it as much as I could using a ratchet and socket (no breaker bar or cheater pipe to increase torque leverage. I did put on blue locktite on the threads before I put it on and will not use the washer until tomorrow so that it should set up well.
Thanks for the quick reply!