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Brown staining of clothes,increased noise on spin cycle

Removed machine and found brown sludge staining from rear of plastic drum housing ,from what appeared like a relief openiing in the housing.

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Re: brown staining of clothes,increased noise on spin...

That brown sludge is grease from the bearings and the noise is the bearings breaking up stop using the machine and get them replaced 2 supply and fit new bearings and drum support should nt cost more than £90 good luck not realy a job 4 a novice

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