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Please my frigidaire fw506etf washing machine stopped draining water last night up until now. The start/pause light and program ready light blinks. I looked at the manual and saw I had not cleaned the pump filter since I bought and began using this machine for 1year and 6months. I went by the direction from the manual and opened the kickplate at the bottom in the front side of the machine. I saw and removed the black filter cover. But I see another white plastic thereafter. How do I remove this to clean the filter. I thought it should have come off with the filter cover.

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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,
You're right; the filter should have come out.Had the same problem with our Bosch, cap would not even turn! Suggestions, noting the paragraph in italics-
pour anticalc/limescale fluid into any gap there is around the filter. Empty the machine and you can switch it off providing the door is open! Then pour the contents of at least 2 sachets of proprietary anticalc powder/liquid into the drum direct together with a kettle full of boiling water. Leave overnight at the very least. The following day run just a spin cycle as then there will be no water diluting the mix. This mix will go through the filter and motor and is likely to help release the filter. If you feel like it, do the overnight again. If nothing else it will ensure that the heater element is clean!
I had to spend a couple of hours gently turning the cap back and forth until it finally released its hold- but the filter did not remain attached to the cap by its rubber ring. More patience, anticalc fluid and all was revealed!
I now run an anticalc clean regularly............which reminds me..............!
Good luck
John C

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