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Re: [Shop-talk] Thread Repair

To: Steven Trovato <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Thread Repair
From: "Peter J. Thomas" <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 16:51:38 -0400
On 5/27/2010 3:19 PM, Steven Trovato wrote:
> I'm not sure what you meant about filing down the bad thread, but 
> there are thread files made for cleaning up threads.  They are a lot 
> cheaper than large dies and all you have to match is the pitch, not 
> the diameter.  I guess step one is to pull the transmission as you 
> have to do that anyway.  If you can see damaged threads, then hitting 
> them with a thread file seems like a reasonable idea.
Are these files readily available or would I have to order one?
>   The couple of week scenario doesn't sound too pleasant.
No it doesn't.  I could live with it but the significant other will make 
it unbearable.  Very late last night I contemplated just using the angle 
grinder to remove the offending section of thread (its in the middle and 
wouldn't matter) but thought I would query the list.

Peter T.
> -Steve
> At 03:00 PM 5/27/2010, Peter J. Thomas wrote:
>> My washing machine's transmission died so I ordered a "new" one 
>> online, though not really sure it's new.  The transmission has a 
>> threaded steel shaft, 1-1/8x12 I think, that a threaded aluminum 
>> flange treads onto to hold the basket.  I believe the threads on the 
>> shaft are bad/damaged.  I have two of the flanges.  Both thread on 
>> the old transmission without any problem but both stop abruptly a the 
>> same spot on the shaft of the "new" transmission.  Quick inspection 
>> with the "new" transmission installed in the carcass of the washing 
>> machine I don't see anything obvious with the threads.
>> I'm faced with a three options: send it back with a couple of weeks 
>> of turn around (and trips to a laundry mat), order a die hoping I 
>> sized it correctly, or "fix" the threads.  I would rather fix it and 
>> the correct method is to use a die but don't think I can buy one 
>> local without ordering.  Dies this size are not cheap.  The other 
>> option is to pull the transmission and file down the bad thread.  I'm 
>> pretty sure the problem is localized midway down the shaft (about
>> I figure someone on this list with a LBC has had to deal with with a 
>> hard to replace part with damaged threads.  Any suggestions/advice?
>> Peter T.
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