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Drum not rotating true

I have opened up the front and made sure things were safe to turn on and watched the drum turn, it has a lump to the rotation and I noticed the drum was not a true circle spin it seems to be out of of balance, when it started this problem it sounded like a blanket that was knotted up and thuding against the drum

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  • Tim Buckley Dec 26, 2008

    as the drum rotates, it sounds like there is a shoe thumping around in there and the drum has a little upwards movment as it gets to the same point on it's revolution.

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Check the rollers

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