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GE washer WSXH208AWW does not spin and drain out.

Can you help with step by step instructions. I could remove the front panel easily. But scared to proceed further without some instructions.

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  • panmicro Sep 16, 2008

    Thanks keen2bgreen. Your solution was very useful. Actually I did not find the filter. In fact I do not believe there was one. The round whilte pipe that came out of the tumbler drum had a rubber hose attached to it with a screw plug in the middle to fasten the hose to the white pipe. The othe end of this hose was attached to the pump screwed to the ground and the pump was attached to the drain pipe. The screw plug was easy to unscrew. But the 'compression clamps' used to fasten the rubber hose and the drain pipe to the pump were tough ones to open. You need a strong pair of pliers to loosen these clamps so that the hose and the drain pipe comes out for cleanig them. The fact that you have to bend on the ground while doing all this makes it harder. These clamps are even more difficult to put back on with the space constraint. I found a hair pin stcuk in inside the pumps teeth making it unable to rotate. There were a couple of other small items inside the rubber hose but they did not obstruct any water flow. Once everything was put back on the machine worked fine.

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Please, make sure your machine is unplugged before you get started. After removing the panel, on the front right side of my machine there was a round white pipe with a screw plug in the middle. The filter is inside that pipe. The actual filter is a basket shaped piece attached to the back of my screw plug. Before I started to work, I looked inside the machine and found a black flexible hose coming from the drum to the filter pipe. I found the drain pipe; mine is gray and attached to the back of the pump. It runs out the back of my machine to the drain. My pump is this little rectangular shaped box attached to the right side of the filter pipe. Like my machine yours probably has water in it. Just know it can get messy in a hurry when you open the plug. I drained out about 12 or 13 gallons of wash water. I had two small buckets, a five gallon bucket, and my wet dry vac just in case. I used the smaller buckets to catch the water as it came out of the machine, and emptied them into the 5 gallon bucket as needed. I very carefully unscrewed the plug, turning it slowly and keeping a little inward pressure on it so the water wouldn’t come gushing out all at one time. Mine came out with quite a bit of force, so be ready. The plug was screwed in firmly (finger tight), but not so tight that I need a tool to open it. I did it without an extra set of hands but an extra set certainly can help when a bucket needs emptied. After all the water had drained out, I removed the plug and cleaned out everything that was in the basket and pipe. There is a small hole in the inside of the drain pipe where the pump attaches to it. I slid my finger inside the hole to feel for anything that might have made its way into the pump. You can feel the impeller for the pump there. I did find some candy wrappers and removed them. Look again at the two hoses (the black one coming from the drum, and the gray drain hose), you will see a clamp on each one attaching them to the filter and pump respectively. I don’t know the technical term for the clamps (I call them compression clamps). If you squeeze the ends of the clamp with a pair of pliers you can loosen the clamp and slide it back so you can pull the hose off. I was glad that I did this because I found a piece of pencil that had made its way past the pump impeller and was stuck in the exit side of the pump. I’m surprised my pump hadn’t burned out. After you feel certain you have removed the debris from the machine and hoses, make sure the two hoses are reattached and firmly clamped if not they will leak. Slide the filter plug back in the pipe and tighten firmly (finger tight). Plug in your machine and hopefully this takes care of the problem. I didn’t put the front panel on right away, I wanted to make sure everything was working and the hoses didn’t leak. Good luck, I hope this gives you enough detail to get the job done.

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