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Dancing washing machine

Our new washing machine dances during it's spin cycle making a terrible noise and escaping from the laundry room. Can anyone help?

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  • assman Mar 20, 2008

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If its real new as in you just installed it look behind hte unit for shipping braces that haven been removed.. they keep the machine solid in shipping and reek havok if not uninstalled

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