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Kenmore Whasher shakes on spin cycle

We have a kenmore washer that is on the pedestal and during any of the spin cycles the thing shakes violently. The machine is level what can we do?

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Unfortunetly this is common , these new frontloads spin fast even with no pedestal these things move...
make sure the locking nuts for the legs on the pedestal are screwed securely up to frame on pedestal, also could be a floor issue depending on where it is, slooping or not solid floor.

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