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Movement when spinning

I just got my machine yesteday. I am washing a small load of towels. I have placed the material loosly in the washer, mixed small and large items. I have set the spin cycle on "gentle" and the machine itself vibrates a whole quarter turn while spinning. It is level. I don't think the load is too large. When using regular or max spin we could not keep it from hitting other appliances due to vibrations. I am ready to take this thing back to the dealer and get a refund! Help, please!

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  • char52 Feb 10, 2008

    fixed!! Thanks!

  • kahorton Oct 18, 2008

    I have had a similar problem with my Bosch 500plus washer. What is being referred to by "grommet" in this post? This washer was purchased used, but was still in new condition as it was a customer return.



  • kahorton Oct 18, 2008

    I have had a similar problem with my Bosch 500plus washer. What is
    being referred to by "grommet" in this post? This washer was purchased
    used, but was still in new condition as it was a customer return.

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Yes. Did you buy this new or used. ????? Please le me know. I have seen the gromot on these wear out quickly. You need to get it repai if under warrenty .

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