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Lost ring in Whirlpool washing machine...How can I find it?

LOST WEDDING RING: I have an older model top loading Whirlpool washing machine. Model # LA5558XTN2. It is 10+years old. It says on the front, "Heavy Duty, Super Capacity, 2 speed 5 cycle, magic clean filter, Gentle wash system." I washed my jeans with my wedding bands in the pocket. I found the engagement part of the ring in the dryer but the wedding band was no where to be found. I did wash another load of laundry before realizing what happened. I can not find the ring anywhere and am wondering if it is possible that it is somewhere inside the washing machine or is it possible that it made it to the drain and is gone for good? Someone told me that the ring can't go through the pump, so there is a screen that keeps large items out. Is this true? The inter drum has small holes all in it for the water to drain and the ring would not fit through those small holes. Is it possible that it slid under the agitator? If so, can it go down the drain, or is it possibly still under the agitator. I'd appreciate any help finding out how to find the ring. Thank you.

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Joseph Perez
I know how easily you can loose items in a washer. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a great link that describes a similar problem to the one that you are having. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,584 community points in Washers
January 17th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thanks Joseph. I'll check it out. :-)
by Manage My Life
January 17th, 2011
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Fred M
There are two directions to consider with this problem. You can start at the drain pump and work your way from there or you can remove the spin basket and start from there.

The first image below shows how to remove the washer cabinet to access the drain pump. You can remove the hoses and hopefully find the ring.

The next step would be to remove the agitator and then the spin basket to check the outer tub for the ring. You'll have to remove the fabric softener cap and then the screw beneath it. Once the agitator is removed you can remove the spin basket. The spin basket has a spanner nut holding it. You will most likely need a spanner wrench to remove it. See the 2nd image for a picture of this.

You can get the 14218862 spanner wrench at the following link:

Sears PartsDirect

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It will take two people to rock the spin basket back and forth to pull it up and off the transmission shaft.

You can view the outer tub from hear. Hopefully the ring is in the outer tub. With the outer tub removed and access to the tub hose to the drain pump you should be able to find the ring.

I hope this helps you can try this and reply with any additional details or questions for further assistance.

I'd suggest giving the dryer a look as well.

Let me know if you find it or if you wish more information on the dryer you have.

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by Fred M Earned 3,789 community points in Whirlpool
January 18th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Thank you Fred. It looks like we may need to buy the spanner wrench as you suggested. So, is it possible that the ring went down the drain or is it very likely it is in one of the two places you suggested looking? Thank you and we will work on the washer this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes.
by Manage My Life
January 19th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Fred, I typed the wrench number in the Sears website as you suggested and it said the wrench is not available for purchase. Is there another place to purchase it?
by Manage My Life
January 19th, 2011
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Fred M
A straight edge screwdrive and hammer can be used to remove the spaner nut.
by Fred M Earned 3,789 community points in Whirlpool
January 22nd, 2011
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