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Hello, With the lack of information I will assume this washer is a top load. The most common cause for a leak on a kenmore washer is the pump. The pump is mounted directly onto the motor and is attached by 2 clips. Lean the machine back so you have access to underneath the machine, remove the 2 drain lines attached to the pump and the 2 clips holding the pump onto the motor...examine the point where the pump hooks up to your motor and you should find evidence or water leaking at this point. Replace the pump :) If you have any other question or concerns please feel free to comment again. Good Luck!! Mike

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  1. Find out where the leak is coming from. Does it leak constantly or during one part of the cycle? A constant leak means the leak is in the valve where the hoses hook to the washer, the supply valves, or the lines to the washer from the water supply. The other two options are when the washer is agitating or pumping the water out between cycles.
  2. See if it leaks during both cycles and the test there would be to lift the lid just as it starts to drain and wait to see if the water stops leaking. If it doesn't, then run the drain cycle to see if it gets worse or better. Results may not be immediate as it would take a few minutes for whatever water there to finish dripping.
  3. Wait until the water has been pumped out, lift the lid and check the drip again. When the location of the leak has been determined, unless the washer has been frozen, most leaks can be fixed without parts and just using hand tools. If you have an older, top load washer, the back or front will come off so you can observe where the leak is coming from. WARNING. You are working with a moving, electrically hot machine that could flood. You must take your time and not put your hand or hair in somewhere that can catch you. You should not have to get into the upper control center, thus reducing the shock hazard.
  4. Before turning the machine on, remove a cover. On some washers, there are two screws on the bottom L & R front corners that take the front panel loose. Once the screws are removed, the front cover is hinged at the top and you simply pull the bottom away from the machine until it comes un-hooked, and set the cover aside.# There shouldn't be many exposed wires or ends, but a few. Don't touch the terminals or lay something metal in the machine that could fall on the terminals.
  5. Take a flashlight, look for obvious leaks or better, water stains around nuts, hose clamps, etc. Most likely you'll see some water residue here and there and that would be normal as a washer is wet. Look for puddles, long white streaks, calcium deposits. Most likely, you won't find standing water, but some clues of where you should look when the machine is running. Unless this leak is so obivous you can see what's wrong, you don't need to start it and you should repair the problem. Once possible areas have been identified, you should start the machine as if you had a load in it and start to watch for the leak. WARNING- Make sure you have no tools laying in the machine and you are out of the way. There are spinning parts and live wires once you turn the machine on. Stay clear, and watch your hair and hands. Once the machine is full and starts its cycle, look for leaks. Let the machine do its cycle and as it goes into each part of the cycle, look for the leak. Once you find a drip, stop the machine by lifting the lid or pulling out on the control knob, and now observe more closely. Remember, water runs down; where it drips is not necessarily the place of origin.
  6. Find the leak and make the needed adjustment (which will be all that is necessary most of the time). If it is a part you need, get the make, model number and serial number of the washer and call an appliance parts dealer or repair service if you don't think you can repair the problem.

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