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I have a whirlpool clean touch washer that has developed a leak. it leaks out the bottom right-hand corner during the wash cycle and out of the top on the front side during the rinse cycle. i have checked hoses and tubing to see if i see anything lodged there but can't find anything amiss.

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  • karenl58 Apr 29, 2010

    it was awesome. i didn't have a clue how to open the washer to find out the problem. he told me exactly how to do it. if found a white hose that was leaking profusely. a new hose was purchased and put on. the washer is working perfectly and it cost a total of about $5.00. thanks so much for your help. karen

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Remove the console and the cabinet then bypass the lid switch. Start a cycle then inspect the washer where the leaks are coming from.

Remove the screws attaching the front bottom corners of the console to the top of the washer then slightly pull the console forward to clear the console tabs from the slots on the top of the washer. Once cleared, flip the console to the rear of the washer and disconnect the lid switch wiring harness from the cabinet.

the cabinet is attached to the rear of the washer by two brass-colored retaining clips. Insert the blade of a flat-bladed screwdriver into the lip of the clip on the cabinet side then push the handle rearward to release the clips.

Once the clips are released, open the lid and grab the front rim of the cabinet then rock the cabinet forward and move it away from the machine.
Bypass the lid switch by jumping the wires of the lid switch going to the console then start a cycle and check whee the leaks are coming from.

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4. Before turning the machine on, remove a cover. On some washers, there are two screws on the bottom L & R front corners that take the front panel loose.
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5. Take a flashlight, look for obvious leaks or better, water stains around nuts, hose clamps, etc.
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