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Water leak. noticing water under the machine and we are certain that it is coming from the. Also, there we are getting spots of grease on clothes when we remove cleaned clothes.

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  • jpilon Sep 03, 2009

    Machine is approx 9yrs old. Is the seal visible with the agitator removed?

  • Wayne Holden May 11, 2010

    Pull the agitator and see if the case if broken or if the seal is just leaking. How old is it?

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Without really looking at it i would have to say it Sounds like water seal gone in drum. If back of drum at the bottom is wet with black or dark run stains this is the problem.
Good luck
John

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