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Rips and tears in clothes

The washer is ripping my clothes and making stress circles on them. The repair man took the machine apart and could not find anything. We have felt all the holes in plastic tub. No sharp edges were found. We felt along the top rim of the tub, no sharp edges either. We filled the tub with water and felt all the holes to see if a sharp object was stuck in one of the holes, none found. We are at a loss as what to do, the repair man says we need to take pictures of the clothes before they go in, then again when they come out. We need help, if we can not solve this issue, we will have to buy another machine. The machine is just under two years old. Buying a new machine is a lot cheaper than buying new clothes. I can take pictures of the rips and stress marks if needed. Please help.

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Re: rips and tears in clothes

When the service representative from Sears came to examine the same problem - tears and perforated holes in my clothing - he diagnosed the problem was not caused by the washer but rather by the dryer. The rubber ring, as best as I can recall, had become unglued and left a metal part exposed which in turn was the cause of the tears. He replaced the rubber ring and carefully sealed it. This was about a year ago, and I have had no problems since then. So you may want to have your dryer examined. I was surprised because I too thought it was the washer was the source of the problem.

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I have same washer and same problem. just contacted bosch and will see what the repair person has to say

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Re: rips and tears in clothes

The washer could be developing a transmission problem. As the washer agitates, the plastic tub is suppose to remain still. If the transmission is starting to slip, it will also try to spin during the agitate cycle, thus making the clothes become tangled under the agitator.

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