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HI cschoenfeldt,
Lets see if I can help you with your leak. First off check the water supply hoses going to the machine and to the wall, then check the drain and make sure it is not coming out of the drain in the wall. Once you get past those we will need to start looking inside the washer. If possible pull the washer out from the wall just about 2 feet and lean it back and just look underneath to see if you can tell where the leak is coming from. Most leaks on Kenmore washers come from the pump. If you can not see anything from that angle lets begin to disassemble the washer.
First unplug the washer, then go to the control panel and look on the right and left sides for a philips screw. They can be in the front or back of the control panel. If no screws can be seen then you will need to pull of the trim pieces from the front right and left of the control panel Once you find them and remove them you will be able to pull the control panel forward and lift it up.. The control panel is on hinges and will flip up. Once you have this done, you will see a S shaped clamp that holds the cabinet to the rear of the washer, they are located on the right and left of the cabinet near the back. You can insert a flat blade screwdriver into the front of those clamps and push back to pry them out. Once you remove both of them you will need to unplug the lid switch it is just to the left of the right clamp you just removed. Once you remove it you can tilt the cabinet forward and lift if off exposing the tub pump and hoses. The pump is located in the front on the bottom and is held on with two small metal clips. Look at the center of the pump to see if you see a water stain line down the center of it or if water is leaking from it. Once you remove the clips the pump will pull straight off the motor. If leaking replace and reinstall in reverse. This should give you the knowledge to find the problem and replace the defective part. Please send me a model # if you need anything further and I hope you give a FixYa for this solution.
Mike Anderson

Posted on Jun 04, 2008

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Here is a few tips that might help you out
Hope that they are very helpful for you
Best regards Mike
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