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Frigidaire Washer - Loose Inner Tub

Model FWT449GFS0. Inner stainless steel tub is extremely loose. You can move it vertically about 3/4". Can this be tightened or is it usually a broken mount? Where can I find a diagram on inner tub removal?

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The inner drum is most likely broken. go to sears.com select appliances then select parts enter model number and you can get a blow up. Hope this helps.

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