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I have a Kenmore frontload washer and the fabric softener will not release into the drum. I have removed and cleaned everything. Model #417 43142200

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It appears your dispenser solenoid 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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