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Kenmore washer 80Series water leak

My washer started leaking last night. It finished the load of wash no problem but the drip pan was covered with water. Probably 2c from what I soaked up with a sponge. Thank god we have a drip pan. Water still managed to get on the floor though it didn't seem that the drip pan overfload. Weird.
The maschine is a little over 5yrs old and we had the pump replaced about 5months ago. I took the hose on the back of the machine off thinking it might be clogged. When I took it off there was still clean water coming out of the maschine. I then tipped the washer over to check the pump. I noticed a little piece of cardboard at the bottom of the pump but it didn't have any sign of being wet...I can not tell were the water is coming.
I really don't want to spend another $200 for service on this machine. Does anyone know where the leak is coming from?

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First of all, you never want to tip this machine over, it can cause oil to leak from the transmission. The best way to locate the leak is to fill and run the machine with the cabinet removed. Begin by removing the two trim caps on either end of the control panel, they clip on, and should pop off by hand or a slight pry with a flat screwdriver. Then, remove the two screws securing the panel to the cabinet and flip the panel up. There should be two clips securing the cabinet to the frame (gold colored). Pop out these clips with a screwdriver for leverage. Next disconnect the wire harness from the lid switch connector on the cabinet. The cabinet should now be ready to pull off the frame. Plug the machine back in and set it to run a normal cycle, let it fill and agitate, (some models will not agitate without the lid switch being closed, in which case you will need to use a jumper wire). Biggest problem areas are the Pump, water valve, hoses, or possibly the plastic tub itself.

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