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Our HE3T washers made a load thump the other day when it started the spin cycle. It continued with the spin although it seemed out of balance. I adjusted the clothes and it seemed better. The balance issue got worse and today we pulled white plastic pieces from between the bellow and tub. Is it the front outer tub? the drum seems to be very loose as well. Time for a new washer?

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