I've had this machine for 5 or 6 years and just recently replaced the bellows seal. The original one was ripped 3/4 of the way around - which I attributed to age/wear & tear. Now, after 3 weeks, the replacement is ripped as well.
The rip started at the "7:00" position and continued mostly clockwise. I'm thinking that the cause is too much front-to-back movement of the drum and the bellows is getting stretched or getting pinched between the front of the drum and the washer frame.......possible worn shocks or suspension springs. But before I shell out another $100 for a bellows and another $100 for shocks (gotta pay retail in order to obtain parts locally), is there something else that would cause the bellows to rip out so soon?
Thanks in advance,