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Ring somehow got through to drum mechanism

Somehow a ring got past the rubber seal when the maching was on high speed spin. The machine made a noise consistent with something getting jammed in the mechanism - i thought it was the bearings seizing. By the time i got upstairs the noise had stopped. I opened the door and could see nothing wrong, i re-started and it worked fine. I've done several loads since with no problems.
The ring must be somewhere under the drum.

If I run the machine am I risking the ring doing damage?

How difficult is it for a repairman or for me to get at the area where the ring is to remove it?

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It shouldnt take much to get it out.call them in and have them pull it out so it cant do any other damage to the machine

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

  • Ronnie Houston Jan 19, 2009

    it shouldnt take much to get it out.call them in and have them pull it out so it cant do any other damage to the machine

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