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My He2Plus kenmore frontload washer makes a loud noise while spinning, it sounds like something is rubbing on the belt. It only makes noise during spin cycle and final spin, when spinning fast. Almost sounds like a jet engine.

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It appears your clutch assembly has failed in this instance.

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If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


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