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Spin cycle off balance and clothes still wet.

We noticed the clothes still wet, so I tried to put them through spin cycle again. As soon as it started to spin I could see the tub was way off balance and the struts below were overworked. The pump was also making an abnormal noise, so I stopped it and cleaned drain trap. When I looked on the inside of the tub behind the rubber boot, I found a piece of flat wire (clip?) that had been painted white. I would imagine that this is what has caused the problem. Where did it come from? How do I replace it?
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  • whatnext Dec 15, 2007

    You are 100% right. My girlfriend came over right after I had posted the problem, and looked at me like I was wack for not knowing what it was...as if I wear them...or would take the time to study the packaging the present was wrapped in.

    As for the major off balance, it was the result of having one of those membrane type bed liners in the load which had bundled up and trapped water because the cloth side was turned in. Just turned it cloth side out and put back in for spin cycle. Problem solved.

    Got to really get to know my machine though by taking the panels off. Thanks.

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That piece of 'wire' is a bra under wire,I kid you not.I have taken out hundreds over my thirty years repairing machines,they do go into pumps and make alot of noise,your right,that was your problem.!they say bras are to be hand washed,but nobody does!!close,eire!good ,luck!!!

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