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Softener dispenser Is it possible to remove the softener dispenser from the top of the agitator to facilitate cleaning?

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  • jwgallager Oct 19, 2008

    This machine doesn't want to let go of it. I have tried to pull it off. Do you think it's just really stuck or does the Legacy model not allow it to come off?

  • jwgallager Oct 19, 2008

    Got it, thanks you very much.

  • jwgallager Oct 20, 2008

    I managed to get it off, thanks very much for your help.

  • jwgallager Oct 20, 2008

    Did it. Thanks again.

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Yes. just pull it off from the top.

tnx 4 using fixya,

drcool

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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  • francis rivero Oct 19, 2008

    what is the exact model number and i will look at it 2morrow and see if there is special instruction on how to remove the dispenser.

    tnx,

    drcool




  • francis rivero Oct 20, 2008

    what is the exact model number please?

    drcool


  • francis rivero Oct 20, 2008

    ow..ok. so you were able to pull it off. glad to hear that you fixed it.

    ratings are just as important to us as answering your questions, can i ask you to rate me please.

    tnx in advance, appreciate it.

    drcool


  • francis rivero Oct 20, 2008

    tnx 4 the rating,

    drcool

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Methinks you need a manual again;-0)
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