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Ping pong ball in washing machine pipe

Filter pump was blocked with piece of clothing. On removing item, found what looks like ping pong ball in pipe, should it be there?

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Yes it is ment to be in there, ive searched the internet and everyone having the same problem with a ping pong type thing, do not remove, as it used as a valve for the drain.

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    how do you put it back? could illustrate how to assemble it back because im confused if its before or after the rubber oring? thank ypu


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Yes...many washers use these little white balls as valves for the drain and recirc cycles for their pumps. A notable model that uses this feature is the Calypso.

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