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I found out today that our Maytag wringer washer is the model E2L, the longest running production of any of the wringer machines. The run started in 1945 and the last one was made in 1983.

Judging by how brittle our discharge hose was I'm guessing ours is closer to the 1945 era. I tried building one back from scrap pieces and 2 layers of silicone. Tomorrow will be the test run to see if this operation is a viable solution without any leaking.

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if by chance it dont work go get one of those fiberglass bondo kits at the walmart i have fixed mufflers, my bath tub, pipes even car radiators with this stuff.
Comment by john wilson Tue Oct 6 10:13:27 2009
We might have to pick some of that up next time we're in town, just to have on hand. So far, Mark's fix is leaking a bit, but no more than the old hose was before it cracked and started gushing.
Comment by anna Tue Oct 6 11:20:09 2009
Check Ebay
Comment by Phil Mon Oct 26 11:14:49 2009
Good point. Although, after a couple of loads, it suddenly stopped leaking...
Comment by anna Mon Oct 26 19:48:24 2009

I just got the washer. It has not been operated for 15 years. I need a castor for one of the leads the belt is off, and most alarming was a small amount of oil that dripped out of the drain hose.

This my wife wanting to relive childhood and me repairing a wash machine


Comment by Anonymous Sun Jun 20 19:56:14 2010
Those old wringer washers do seem to be relatively indestructible. I'm not very technical, so I can't say anything about oil in the drain hose, although I can't see how it would get there from the washer. Maybe someone spilled some in the body of the washer?
Comment by anna Sun Jun 20 20:00:51 2010
you could try to remove the adgitator and check the bottom of the tub for any signs that oil is entering the wash tub from the gear box for the adgitator. check around the gear box adjitor and motor for signes of leakage too. the only way oil could get in the drain hose is from the washer tub. if you don't see any signs of leaking then don't wory about it. if u do see signs of leaking u have a bad seal somewhere. if the washer is a maytag I think there are places that still sell parts fort these.
Comment by thomas Mon Mar 19 01:40:17 2012
Thomas --- Thanks for the tip. Maybe that will help anonymous get his washer up and running.
Comment by anna Mon Mar 19 16:00:53 2012
My husband took my washer apart now my wringer are not working how do we fix this ...please help I miss my washer
Comment by Elizabeth Tue Oct 20 17:13:48 2015
Please help I'm a without a husband he pasted away this is a dream come true . My husband pasted away 14 years ago I say all that to just tell you I'm at a total lost can some one please help the agitator and roller work it has some rust but I think I can sand and repaint it. But when my son in law picked it up he laid it on the side in the little plastic casing broke can someone help me to find where I can get the part to go about doing the replacement for the Casey it's a gold color and all said Citation Safety washer please help me .
Comment by Jani McCarter Fri Apr 1 17:22:44 2016
How do i tighten my wringer
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