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Worn out bellows

I've had to replace the rubber bellows on my kenmore elite he3 because of holes worn in it from the drum spinning. Is there something else I should replace to keep the bellows from wearing again? It seems the bellow deforms when the washer is loaded and running, the tub drops some which pulls the bellows out of form. Is it time to replace the shocks or something?

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The bellow definitely should not deform in the manner that you describe. When you replaced the bellow, did you line it up correctly? There are alignment marks (Arrows) on the tub and the bellow to ensure it is installed correctly? If the bellow is not aligned correctly, it will twist when the tub spins. If the shocks are worn, the bellow could also deform, but you would probably experience excessive vibrating during the final spin. If you are sure the bellow is installed correctly, and wish to replace the shocks, let me know. There are four of them on your washer. I believe they are sold in pairs. If you post your complete model number (located around the door opening), I can assist you in locating parts.

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