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My kenmore elit has some odd shaped holes in the drum with sharp

My kenmore elite front loading washer has some odd shaped holes in it they have sharp edges and look like they should be covered with something but the something is no longer there. I mean inside the drum.

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These are normal holes.
Nothing to worry about - they help remove water during spin cycle.



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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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Posted on Sep 30, 2010

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