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The normal cause of leaking while it is filling is a leaking Inlet hose. Try pulling the washing machine away from the wall and watch the hoses as the machine fills. If it is leaking you can see which hose is leaking.
You may either need new tighner clips or to replace the hoses depending on how bad they are leaking.
Another possibility is the water pump inside the washing machine could be broken and spewing out water.
It is common on Whirlpool models for the water to splash out the top when filling especially when sheets or nylon cloth is loaded in the washer. Air fills the cloth and balloons the garment up this caused water to bounce off the garment and splash out the back. This is the most common reason for those mysterious leaks. Lowering the water pressure coming into the washer can help prevent this.
1) drain hose on back of washer is coming off / splitting / getting loose
2) water pump is leaking (cracked?) or has a gasket that has deteriorated.
3) hose between tub and water pump has come off / split / became loose.
Since your washer isn't able to hold water, it makes it easy to remove the clothes, and lean the washer forward to see what is going on. Most washers' mechanicals can be acessed from either the bottom, or from the back via access panel. The water leaks are generally a pretty easy repair.
drain pump could be leaking,,,main tub seal could also be leaking ,,,hose or the little air hose going to your water level switch! I would remove the outter shell and run it to see where it's leaking from
So you are saying it leaks from the front ??
It would seem that the door gasket has a hole in it or the outlet hose has split.
Take a torch and look at the bottom folds of the door gasket to see if there is a split in it.
Switch off the power first!!!!then
If not there bring the machine forward, tip it back against the wall (Put something underneath it in case it falls on you ) and use you torch to see where the water is coming from