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Kenmore elite shows error code "ob". It spins for a minute but stops then repeats process. Then code pops up. How can I fix it?

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Out of Balance
Rebalance the load. What is in the load of wash? Something thick and heavy? Maybe too few items. It probably can't be balanced. Open the door after pausing and reaarange the load a bit and try again.

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