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How do i get rid of the e-13 error on my Bosch Washer?

I cleaned and removed drain pump and discharge hose. Didn't work. Installed new drain pump. Didn't work. Any other suggestions or do i go with my gut and ditch this washer and buy another? Not a Bosch.

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    Hi jerry howard, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
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Yep, Bosch are bad and common to fault at a very young age, ECU in these machines are far from satisfactory and would steer clear of Bosch at all costs

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