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Washer tub does't spring back...

The tub, when pushed to one side or the other, does not self right itself - it stays in the direction pushed. Would this be the springs? How many springs are there supposed to be? Is there anything that needs greasing in there? (Since I'm in there anyways). Thank you very much in advance.

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Look for the counterweight system and if pulley wheels exist then look for wire cables that have either run off the pulleys or have broken. if no pulley wheels, then system is sliding weight that may need lube

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