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Oil inside drum

I have question for a freind. How would oil residue be inside the tub. When she took out her clothes, there was an oily substance on them. Looking for a starting point. I can not think of any way this could be happening. Your help would be appreciated.

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Sometimes if your transmission is leaking oil it can creep inside the tub, tilt the machine back if you see oil underneath it then you"ll know if you have a leaking transmission.

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