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Just got a used front end loading kenmore wash mach but very stinky, musty, apparent slime on inside door and seal inside. Heard there is some kind of filter to clean?? Dont't have manual

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Try the manual at...

http://dl.owneriq.net/3/30076fd9-5976-4686-b185-6962a1bd649f.pdf

If that is not the right one (check your model number). Check the site...
http://laundry.manualsonline.com/

Enter kenmore and model at left of page...

Good luck - please rate this answer.

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