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My kenmore washer drum shakes bad even when the machine is level. Is there a way that I can adjust it myself?

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It appears your vibration damper(s) has failed in this instance.

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PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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We often think that washers are level BUT one of the 4 feet probably requires adjusting downwards so that it really presses against the floor. So-

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Press very firmly against one front corner and in towards the centre (sorry- I'm a retired Englishman living in SW France!) and try to rock it. If it moves even the slightest it's the foot at that corner which requires adjusting- with the open-ended spanner which came with the machine (what spanner?)! An adjustable will do and make sure that the foot is adjusted downwards so that it does really press against the floor, almost to the point of raising the corner but not quite.
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