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NOISE During the spin cycle it sounds like metal scraping ... very loud and hi-pitched. Sounds like a metal on metal, or a bad bearing. Any help on knowing what the problem is?

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Take a flashlight and look very closely at the holes in the tub to see if there is a foreighn object in there and let me know hold your rating till we get done

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