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Leaking front loader

My kenmore front loader is leaking..I think around the tub..whats wrong with it?

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If your washer has a rubber seal around the inside of the door and it has a little opening where the detergent comes into the washer put your hand inside the rubber piece and feel all the way around and see if you feel any holes or cracks in it and that is where it will leak from.

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