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My Kenmore Elite Oasis top load washer will start when is ready. We press the start button several times and hold it down for minutes at a time then maybe it will start. Plus even the smallest load will be off balance UL blinks on the message display,

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If the washer is shaking and actually going out of balance and generating the UL error and the drum is empty the most likely cause of this problem is something under the spin basket.Clothes can end up under the spin basket and cause it to turn crocked and cause the out of balance. First I'd recommend removing the spin basket and check under it for any clothing or other obstruction that might cause the out of balance. Here is a diagram of how to Check.. Click Here

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