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Crunching and grinding

Crunching/grinding noise coming from lower front right side. Seems to happen when drum is turning but not on a spin. It doesn't happen every time.

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That noise come from the pump that drived the water out the drum. Since you don't have this noise every time, it's seems like it's cause an unclean filter issue. Cleaning the filter - should solve this issue. Before openning the filter, prepare a bowl and a floor cloth to avoid water's flooding. Good luck !

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