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Front load washer leaks from the detergent drawer in the front

I have a Kenmore front load washer that leaks from the detergent drawer when it is filling for the rinse cycle.

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    I have the same problem on my HE2

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Try taking the drawer out and clean it thoroughly, including the underside of the drawer, then clean the inside of the machine where the drawer fits into. Sometimes a build up of dertergent can casue this problem

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