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We have a 5-year old Kenmore front loading washer. It still runs, but the rubber gasket that seals the door looks like it is not attached to the drum properly all the way around. Also, the drum seems looser than usual. It still spins OK, but moves forward and backward much more than it used to when it's at rest. Any ideas as to the problem?

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Hello.. That gasket will have to be either reinstalled or replaced, depending upon what kind of shape it is in. If you do continue to use the machine as is, the problem will worsen. If you typically call in a repair man you will not have to read the link I am providing. If you want to do this repair yourself please do read on: http://www.fixya.com/support/t2403296-replace
Regards, Joe

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