Thanks for the question.
That pumpkin below the drum is that the blower housing.
No. As it turns out, the "pumkin" is the transmission unit. Cost to replace defective transmission is near the cost of a replacement washer.
I've replaced the entire washer. Problem solved.
Thanks for your input, though.
You did the right thing that washer isn't the best on the market.
Thanks and God Bless.