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I was given a kenmore quei pack 2 washing machine.

I was given a kenmore queit pack 2 washing machine. I notice there is a smell comming from inside the machine. It smells like rotten water. Is there a clean out under the basket

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The filter on your pump is probably clogged with lint and stuff. You have to remove the bottom front panel, 3 torx screws underneath. The panel will drop and come off. Drain off the excess water from the hose you see. The white filter cover is right in front. Get yourself a bunch of towels or a good big plastic bag to collect water. Unscrew the filter cover and twist the filter out. Clean out all the stuff and put it back in carefully.

Next: You can use Affresh to clean your front loader. Deposits of soap and other such things can be stuck around the inside tub of your washer. Try this product, it works great on all front loaders. Use hot water with the Affresh pellet with no clothes and run the machine through a cycle. Also helps with any stagnant water smells. Have you cleaned out your pump lately. Put the pellet inside the machine, not in the soap dispenser.
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SOURCE: I was given a kenmore quei pack 2 washing machine.

best thing to do is put it on a boil wsh with castic soda in no clothes 90degrees wash ok good luck you can buy castic soda from any good diy outlet or even a chemist phamasy

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