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At the end of spin cycle makes rapid banging sound until stop

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Hi,
It sounds to me like one of the springs at the top or telescopic dampers at the bottom may have broken from its mount or otherwise failed. If you switch off the power and remove the lid you may be able to see. Another possibility is that the chunk of concrete / iron which is attached to the outer drum is loose or brealing up. A dislodged spring or a broken damper is within most people's DIY skills, but if the mount has come off, or the counterweight come loose, you'll probably need a welder . In those situations a washing machine repair person will most likely tell you the machine cannot be fixed. :-)

Check those things if you can and come back and tell me what you found. Cheers, D.

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