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I have a hoover zodiac 12 520. I have had the front door seal replaced but it continues to leak from somewhere left front inside.Any ideas what I should be looking for and do I go from the bottom or take the back plate off. We have had a repair man out twice now. Nice man but not that good at fixing perhaps.....

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Hi just read your posting.I know these machines well.To see where the water is coming from 1st remove the 2 screws at the back of the lid.This will remove the top lid so you can shine a torch around the drum to see where it is leaking.The back panel has 5 screws holding it to the frame.Pull the machine away from the wall so you can get behind the machine and remove the screws for the lid and back panel.You will then be able to shine a torch around the inside of the machine and spot the leak when it is filling and going throe a wash cycle.Be careful because once you take the panels off you will expose live wires.Be aware of the wires at all times when you are shining your torch.Please reply back and let me know where the water is leaking from and I can help you further.Looking forward to your reply.

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