How to Install a GE Washer Shipping Rod
Every General Electric top-load washing machine leaves the factory containing a 19- or 23-inch shipping rod to stabilize the tub and drive platform in transit; some front-loaders may also ship with a stabilization rod. The rod gets removed when the washer is installed in a home; hopefully you kept it in a safe place for keeping until you need it for moving the appliance. Replace the shipping rod if you are moving the washer to a new house or a new location up or down stairs in your home. Leave the rod out if you are simply moving the appliance forward for cleaning or moving it slightly.
Disconnect the washing machine's power cord in preparation for moving.
Line up the end of the shipping rod with the hole on the right panel as you face the appliance between the front and rear legs.
Slide the rod in place carefully. The yellow loop stays outside the appliance.
Disconnect the hot and cold water pipes, using a pair of pliers if you need extra purchase to turn the connections. Tuck the pipes inside the washer.
Disconnect the drain hose from the standpipe and remove the screw attaching the opposite end to the appliance. Place the hose inside the drum.