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Making a grinding noise in both wash and spin cycle. water is draining

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Your transmission is the most likely issue. The internal gears are starting to grind. This is typical of this particular model. (manufactured by Admiral) There is a possibility that the pump pulley has come loose and is grinding on the unit's frame or pump housing itself. If this is the case, it can be fixed at a reasonable price. If it is the transmission, start shopping for a new machine. The transmission replacement is not cost effective.

Posted on Feb 07, 2011

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