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1.0 out of 5 stars Are we talking about the same book?, August 23, 2001
This review is from: Cheap & Easy Washing Machine Repair: 2000 Edition (Cheap and Easy) (Paperback)
I found this book to be most UNHELPFUL. The diagrams are worthless and appear to come from other service manuals (without the explanation). I was quickly able to diagnose my problem of a faulty break (as this appears to be common in front access GE washers; however, the explanation of how to fix this problem is so scant (and, isn't this why we buy this book?) and mixed together with the explanation as to how to fix three other problems, I don't believe a disassembly could be achieved with the information given. At one point, it tells you (if the problem is the brake) to skip the next three steps. First off, the steps are not numbered. Second important point are ommited, and third, you would never be able to determine where the FORTH step starts.
Then he covers cost. The replacement part $75.00 ("but don't worry, the part comes with directions for installation", which is good because the book doesn't), Two or three "expensive special design tools" are needed to properly disassemble the basket. Price of these tools are not mentioned. An "Aluminum nut", (which is impossible to remove without another "expensive special design tool") also needs to be removed. Where this nut is, is anyones guess, no diagram or discription is given.
Scant, Scant, Scant. Covers many models in seperate chapters with "scant" information on each.
I learned what I knew in the first place, it would be more economical (with guaranteed results) to replace the washer than to attempt to fix it. If i did attempt to fix it, I would need instructions from another book.
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