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Washer will not stay balanced. Have done all of the usual things, ie, leveling, feet replacment etc. Still gallops all over the laundry room.

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Shipping brackets and materials not removed from the machine. You should be able to move the basket around easily by hand. Go over the installation instructions and make sure everything has been removed.
Leveling legs and lock nuts misadjusted or loose. You want the legs adjusted as low to the floor as possible. The higher it sits, the more movement it has.
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The tub support to stiff causing too much vibration to be transferred to the cabinet or not allowing the tub/basket to return to the upright position so that it starts an out of balance spin. Put the washer into a cycle and let it agitate. Before it goes into a spin, open the lid and see if it is leaning awkwardly to one side. If the washer has some years on it, this may be your problem. If you remove the front panel you will see the thick washer the whole unit sits on. If it seems the unit is stiff , you may try spraying a LITTLE wd40 on the base it sits on so it slides easier, but just a little.
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BUT, the tilt foreward and set back on rear legs works most every time.

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The easyest way to accomplish leveling the machine propperly is to put a level on the top of the machine on a flat surface from side to side, and turn each foot down untill it is leveled propperly by the back feet. be careful that you don't mess up the exhaust hose, gas line, ect while doing this.
Then put the level from front to back, and make slight adjustments to the front feet until it is level in both directions, and has equal pressure on both front feet. You can usually tell by the resistance the foot has to turning.

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