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Is my drum loose?

Okay the drum is turning but it is knocking. could it be loose and how do i fix it?

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Re: is my drum loose?

General reasons for a knock are that the belt is chunking out or one of the support rollers has cracked. If you can get inside, it will be obvious. I'm assuming you did check to see if there is anything that parked itself in one of the drum fins.

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