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Machine out of balance. tub pulled off the rubber seal between the tub and the front panel. looks like one of the "shocks" under the tub is all the way compressed. the one on the right looks to still be supporting some of the load. what do yo uthink the problem is?

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  • santostrabal Nov 30, 2008

    I have a similar problem it makes noise when in high spin like a loud clunk however after taking the top & bottom lid off I didnt notice anything out of the ordinary. what I did notice is that When i grab the stainless drum inside the washer by ther ears inside there is for and aft movement as if the bolt has become loose but when I tried to tighten it it is already tight......any ideas what else I can do

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Actually got the new shock absorbers in the mail and noticed they don't come "pre loaded" or "extended". so i go to thinking they must not be true shock absorbers more so just "dampners".

after further review (and a with a mirror on the left side of the tub) I noticed a short, but beefy sized spring near the top of the tub that was connected to, what appears to be the framing inside the washer, but not connected to anything else. I'm assuming this spring is actually what holds the weight of the tub and the "shock absorbers" on the bottom only dampen the "motion".

SO, now my challenge is how to get inside and re-hook the currently "unemployed" spring on the left side. (which would explain why the tub 'hangs' to the right as the right spring must still be doing its job).

any ideas on how to remove the front panel on the machine without breaking every plastic tab that is holding it on??

or do i need to approach this issue from the rear?

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You see the problem right there, id replace the shock absorbers,and change both for the other has been taken on extra stress levels, unable to look up part number for you with incomplete model number, but def a job you can do yourself

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