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Kenmore elite heavy duty top load washer

The tub is full of water. The unit will not spin. The noise while it is trying to spin sounds like severe grinding "very loud". Will not agitate.

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    Maytag load-sensing washerm top load, w10330943A. The washer makes a very loud sound (like the tub is coming off inside the washer) at the end of every spin. Still washes and spins out water fine. What could be wrong?

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REMOVE 3 SCREWS FROM BOOTOM PANEL CLEANE OUT PUMP RESOLVES YOUR PROBLEM , GRINDING NOISE SOMETHIG STUCK IN PUMP WONT DRAIN,,,,

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