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Washer spins slowly & won't drain

I think I may have a sock or something stuck in the drain line, but I can't figure out how to open up the front panel to access everything. Once I do open it, how do I locate and remove the item? If it is not a sock or something stuck, what else could it be? I also have some water leaking under the washer. Thanks.

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Re: washer spins slowly & won't drain

Look at the bottom of the front panel. There on either side is a philips head screw. removing these will release the front panel. the upper part may have spring clips to the top. clearly it is nearly impossible for a sock to get stuck in the pump as the water drains out through all them tiny holes in the drum. look for a broken belt. there should be two of them. the motor is in the left front portion of the washer and is spring loaded to push out from the center.

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