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Front loading washing machine

My 6 year old front loading GE washing machine makes a thumping/rubbbing sound when turning. The drum appears to be mis-aligned with the drive system.It still turns and spins but the sound is constant. How does one re-align this.

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  • Scott Randall May 20, 2007

    It also appears that something inside has broken. There is a large amount of whitish material that is all over the load of clothes that were being washed at the time.

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You have a three armed support that holds the tub in place, this is not an easy fix, you would have to be very knowledgable of appliances and how to work on them to replace this. Basically one of your supports have either broken or the bolt has come lose. If you release the baffles inside the tub you should be able to see the mounting bolts for the support and you would be able to check the tightness of the bolts or whether or not the mount is broken. If the mount is broken in won't be cheap to fix. Hope this helps.

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