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LG WM1812CW noise

My LG washer makes a noise when it is in a high speed spin... I know there is something between the inner SSdrum and the outer tub that gets kicked around during a high speed spin.  I sounds metallic.  Who knows how it got there; how can I get to look inside the tub to remove it?
THANKS!

I am a AMSE so I can probably handle the repair process

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You can take off the bottom bellows, drain the unit first, and then you will have some access and you won't have to open the drums up. In other models that have the heater, you can also go through there.

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Other than seperating the drums you could try to remove the heater element which will allow you limited access to the cavity between the drums. Shine a torch in there and rotate the inner drum slowly untill the offending piece comes into view. Remove with a long tweesers or hook.

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