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My Washing Machines basket is broken. How can I fix it?.

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What is the basket? i dont know of any part in a washer called a basket, do you mean the drum? the place where you put your clothes? if so could you describe what/how it is broken e.g. its split, it wobbles, inst attached and so on if you get the drift

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  • Sal DeAngelo May 15, 2011

    if you look up on any site you'll see it says agitator,basket and tub

  • marley mcelhinney May 30, 2011

    im not concerned with what other sites say im an appliance electrician i know whats what and ive never heard it called that, a basket is obviously a different terminology, anyway how is this drum/basket broken? bit more detail please

  • Sal DeAngelo May 31, 2011

    pull off the agitator and check the spanner nut to see if it's loose or something might have snapped in there,all it says is the basket is broken,that's all that holds it in place,look up his model number on the sears site and check out the agitator and tub and it shows you all the parts,the tub seals are under the basket and like i said all that really holds the basket in place is the spanner nut.good luck with your machine.this is all i was trying to tell you,i wasn't trying to be a punk or anything,i saw you were trying to help the guy out and all i meant was look up any site and you'll see the basket.have a good one

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