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The "fin" inside came off

The plastic agitator "fin" inside the machine came off, and I can't figure out how to get to the drum to screw it back in. The same thing happened to the matching dryer, and the tech just took off the front panel. I tried that with the washer, and of course the drum is sealed. Do I get to this from the top? When she fixed the dryer, the screw was sitting in the bottom of the dryer...I have no idea where it would be if I need to go in through the top. Any help would really be appreciated!

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  • jlillie42 Aug 19, 2008

    BTW- this is a front load machine



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If i remember right ..remove washer top remove hose or pug in top of outer tub rotate basket until fin is at top i believe you can acess screw through hole..of course i have been known to remember wrong and apologize if i have this time let me know

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