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Extreme knocking during spin cycle. Is scraping and damaging the plastic on the top of the tub, and causing the washer to move across the floor. Model is Kenmore 417.90802990. Thanks Will

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Check under the machine. There are 4 large but short springs located between the tub and the frame. These have to be in place or this will happen. If one has come off or one ahs broken you will need to replace it.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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