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Cant pull out filter

There is a cross or grid at the top of the adgitater stopping me from pulling the filter basket out. so i cant clean it.

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The cross grid piece separates from the spindle. Yank the filter basket upwards and it should all come
apart. Subsequent removals become easier.

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