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Whirlpool Washer I am finding metal clips in the drum about 1/2 x 3/4 inch. The machine washes and the spin cycle works fine but getting a noise or a grinding sometimes. I have found 3 or 4 clips so far. Please help before something else goes wrong. Thank You Dave

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The grinding sound sounds like the transmission if it is a top load washer.
If that starts to happen that the transmission it is not always worth fixing.
If the washer is 8 years old or more and you have to invest in a trans!!!!!

No the clips can only be some thing that was in a pocket or fell into you laundry basket .
And sounds unrelated to the grinding!
If you plan to keep the washer, better not leave that grinding go!!!!!!!!
Let me know how you do.
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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:

Enter your model number (###.######) and you'll see a list of major sub-components with diagrams and parts.

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Also see the Whirlpool Parts list for their Commercial washers, although the consumer models use the same transmission.

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When the washer goes into spin mode two plastic cams are forced together and raise a gear on the main agitator shaft that is supposed to keep the agitators from spinning. If the cams are worn (not necessarily broken) the gear doesn't lift high enough to completely disengage the agitators. We had the same problem. Ours was a major gear noise but a clicking could also be a symptom as well as the agitator keeping the drum from spinning. A set of Whirlpool Agitate Cams (part number 62580/01) cost about $15.00.

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