Speed queen Washer Problems
The most common problems with these machines are:
Symptom: Speed Queen leaking water
In “short shaft” machines (late model machines with a drive bell; see below) the center tub seal starts leaking. To repair or replace, see the section below. Another source of water on the floor is pump leaks. To replace, see the sectionbelow. The basket may be spinning during agitation. This will sling water over the top edge of the tub and appear to be a water leak. Replace the brake pads as described below.
Symptom: Speed Queen make loud noise
In my opinion, these machines operate a little noisily to begin with. However, if they seem a little noisier than usual, check your belt(s). The sound is difficult to describe; it’s kind of a “thunk-thunk-thunk.” It happens when the belt has a few chunks taken out of it; the belt tensioner/idler starts “bouncing.” To check and replace the belt, see the section below. A “knocking” sound during agitation may be a worn drive block. See the section below.
Symptom: Speed Queen leaking oil in the clothes
If oil starts showing up in the clothes, what has usually happened is that the top transmission seal has deteriorated and is letting water into the transmission casing. The water displaces the oil and forces it out through the seal and into the clothes.
If you want to keep the machine, the transmission must be replaced. This is a difficult and expensive repair, often costing more than 200 dollars just for parts. You may want to price out the job before you start and decide whether it might be more worthwhile to just replace the machine. You might also check out the availability of a rebuilt transmission. See the section below.
Symptom: Speed Queen not agitating or spinning
This is usually a broken transmission drive belt…see below. It could also be a defective drive motor (see “Problems Common to All Brands”) or a seized pump, preventing the motor from turning.