It was a peaceful Sunday afternoon. A load of wash was in the washing machine. An unfamiliar series of beeps from the washing machine interrupted my football couch potato session. It was flashing an E.04 error. I restarted the cycle but the error reappeared.

Time to read the manual. The manual said that either too much suds or the drain pump was having a problem. I went to the Internet to try to find more information. Jackpot! I found a post of the description and the fix for the error code.

It was obvious that excessive suds was not my problem.

You will need a towel, a flashlight and a 4d nail / brad (or some other metallic pointed thing). You may or may not need some silicone grease to lube the sump cap. (I did not need any.)

If you have water in the drum of the machine, you will need a wet/dry vacuum cleaner with crevice end and more towels and maybe ear plugs if your vacuum is as loud as mine.

Note: Wet/dry vacuum cleaners use 2 inch and/or 1 and 1/2 inch hoses. The smaller hoses and accessories are easier to maneuver inside the washer.

Step 1: Gaining Access

To be extra safe, turn off the washing machine and unplug it.

The access for the drain pump is behind the circular access panel on the bottom right front of the machine. This panel twists off. There are three ears on the panel that fit into three cutouts on the machine front. After the ears are in the cutout, the panel is twisted counterclockwise to lock ears behind metal.

If the panel were a clock face, there is a small hole in it at about the 5. Insert a nail in the hole to gain some leverage. Gently press on the panel with your other hand while you rotate the panel clockwise to move the hole to the 6 o'clock position.

Update - 10/2011: Be careful when you get the cover off. The edges of the hole may be unfinished and sharp. You can tape over the edge while you are working or wear gloves. The more adventurous can grind or file the rough edges.


<p>I have the same machine but it is not the model 03 as labeled but a 15. When I take the sump cover off I have no basket. I am looking at a white piece that has a raised circle in the middle and it has notches going around the circle (like a pry bar to fit in). Do you have any suggestions for me on how to get it out so I can clean it out.</p>
<p>It is suppose to be attached to the black cover. Put the black cover back on and tighten. Slowly turn to the left putting pressure on it. If that doesn't work use pliers to pull it straight out towards you. Do not twist or you will break off the little plastic circle pieces.</p>
<p>Here's what it looks like</p>
<p>did u get an answer I have the same issue</p>
<p>I have the same problem. I tried pulling straight out with pliers but it will not budge. Any suggestions.</p>
<p>I tried that and it didn't work. any other suggestions</p>
<p>Thanks for the information!</p>
<p>I have the same problem as LisaB43. I tried pulling with pliers and the white cover with the circle on it will not budge, Any suggestions on what to do next</p>
<p>Hey, can you post a picture? I have not seen your model. Maybe I or one of the followers can figure it out.</p>
<p>I got an E04 error message moving from drain to final spin. Followed the instructions to a T, pump sump was clean with only minimal grunge and no large or hard debris.Tried a trial load and got an E04 moving from wash to rinse. At the time of the no drain plus error message you could feel vibration touching the sump cover and there was also a &quot;rapidly pulsing hum&quot; that seemed to be coming from the uooer front left of the machine. Followed the instructions again, when sump was open I attempted to turn the white &quot;button&quot; that i assume is attached to the pump shaft to see if it was impeded. It turned with very little if any resistance, maybe as if it was not attached to anything. What next?. </p><p>time of the time </p>
<p>Finally got panel off and now can't open door to get clothes out, help! My sons Jerseys are laughing at me.</p>
<p>Thanks so much! This was extremely helpful. Just for the record, our problem was a hair tie, that kind of &quot;scrunchy&quot; thing that teenage girls wear. It was jammed in there pretty well. The hardest part, honestly, was getting the white circular plate off to gain access to the whole thing in the first place. Took me a while to work that out, but once I got in there, it went much better. I was also surprised how much water there was, and it took several trips with our medium size shop vac to get it all out. Great instructions, thanks for helping us out.</p>
<p>Followed instructions to the T and do believe I have repaired my problem<br> thanks to the person who created this instructive. No leaks and seemed <br>to drain perfect. I found a hard plastic twist like you find on a loaf <br>of bread and a piece of a shoe I washed. Not bad for 12 yrs of use. I <br>get now why ma always said to clean out our pockets before adding to the<br> wash pile. One little tip I'd like to mention is that when cleaning the<br> inside use a spray bottle of white vinegar and paper towels to remove <br>debris. Twirl the towel like you see people do with tissue while <br>cleaning their nostrils. This DIY repair saved my family a $79 service <br>call which included <strong><em>only</em></strong> 15 minutes of <br>diagnoses and the price grew from there with labor and parts. FYI...I live less than a mile from the appliance repair store<br> but they still charge $79 just to show up and that was with a $10 <br>discount because we purchased from them. Even told repair company what <br>error code I was getting that I knew what the problem was and even what <br>needed to be done but you know they got make their $$$$$$$ Thank you brgt40 for being so thorough.</p>
<p>Thanks for the vinegar tip. I updated the step with that information.</p>
<p>I carefully followed all described steps and was able to fix E04 error without a mess.</p><p>I removed one bra wire, one panty and one headed pin ! Works perfectly well since then. Thanks a lot for this post.</p>
You are welcome. I am glad this post was helpful. I continue to be amazed at the stuff that people are finding. Did you lose all three in one wash or was it the pin that broke the camel's back - pun intended haha.
<p>Thank you!!!!! Your directions are very thorough. I had no problem in the six steps and now my machine is working perfectly. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. </p>
<p>Super helpful post! Your instructions got me through the process successfully. This will teach me to use my lingerie bag...my commando thong was apparently making a break for it unsuccessrully!</p>
That is too funny!!!
<p>Worked like a charm! Found a pedi sock stuck in there that I had &quot;lost&quot; a while back. One thing more however, if your door is in the locked position, there's a lever on the right side in that opening that you pull down and it will unlock the door. </p>
I am happy this 'ible is still helping people. Thanks for the tip about the door lever.
That's weird. Couldn't find my previous comment. <br>I would like to thank you again for the post. <br>But the opening still leaking no matter how tight we tighten up. Can you please advice. <br>Much appreciated
I am saddened by your woe. I hope you have solved the problem by now. I don't check this 'ible as often. Is it a drip or a gush? It is difficult to do but it sounds as though you cross threaded the sump cover. (more gush than drip) That is the threads on the cover are not aligned with the threads on the sump. If it is cross threaded the cover would be difficult to unscrew. If that is not the case, are any gaskets missing? Or maybe the plastic is binding, did you try lubrication with silicone grease (available in the faucet repair aisle) - a little bit goes a long way as far as lubing is concerned. HTH
Thank you so much for the clear instructions. But my husband did not read and just scrolled all the way down. Ended up, we have pool of water on the floor. And he cut his hand. I told him why didn't you read the post. Lesson learnt. <br>Anyway, we have problem. We twisted very hard. But water still leaking from the front. What shall we do?
I am sorry but I never got that deep into the electronics of the machine. Read the other posts. There are people who have had to delve deeper than I have who may be able to help you.
<p>i did this test and nothing happens no voltage to the pump can the relay be the problem ? i can hear a click sound on the control panel </p>
<p>need help my washer is a bosch nexxt plus an i was getting the error code e13 that is a no draining problem so i change the pump because the propeller was crack and now nothing the pump is not spinning not getting i remove the cables and did a electrical test and no voltage going to the pump :( is there some one here that can help with the electronics i remove the control panel but don't know what to test, please any help will be greate ! thanks </p>
I joined just to say thank you. Was my last day at a rental was doing last wash and this happened. With 2 hours to go your fix saved the say. Thanks from Australian in Canada. Btw one if my wife's small socks made from that sheer stocking material had found it's way out of a washing bag into the impelor.
<p>It made me chuckle to imagine the sock planning its escape from the laundry bag. Thanks for the comment. The ingenuity of our clothing continues to amaze me.</p>
<p>Thank you so very much. Looked all over the interwebs for scoop on why the washer wouldn't drain and bingo your post was perfect!! Pieces of paper in the impeller was the cause but lots of gunk, bobby pins,and coins in the bottom. Once again thanks bunches!!!</p>
<p>I am so glad my instructible is still useful. Thanks for the comment.</p>
<p>Just wanted to say thank you. You saved me a lot of time and frustration. One mine the white piece stuck inside but pliers pulled it straight out.</p><p>Thanks again.</p>
I am glad I could help.
<p>When I removed my sump cover, the impeller was laying down in in it's little place. Does this mean I have a broken pump? Or is it supposed to lay down. I have a ticking noise when I did a test run to see if cleaning out the sump was the fix I needed :(</p>
I am reading that the impeller (which is normally vertical) is laying horizontal in your machine. If I am understanding you, yes, your pump is broken. At least one other commentator has replaced the pump. If that is what you are facing, contact them. I have never had to do pump surgery.
<p>Absolutely brilliant, and a wonderful help. Thank you. I do have one correction or addition to make: You should note that in order to remove the access cover you actually have to push in to release a latch. I found it impossible to remove the cover until I did this. Actually, I had to go elsewhere to find information on removing the cover. In the end, I sawed off a nail and then blunted the end by scraping it against the concrete until it was nice and blunt. Then it made a good non-sharp tool to push against the latch. In any event, thanks for the help. It worked!</p>
Thanks for the compliment. I am glad this 'ible helped. What was caught in your pump? I am amazed by what people are finding!
Various pins, a 1&quot; plastic star about 1/4&quot; thick that had been part of a toy, and (the real problem) a broken rubber wristband! <br><br>The washer is working great again now. :-)
<p>I want to thank you for the detailed repair instructions . You are the best. I found the clog and fixed my Bosch . I promise to pass on the blessings. </p>
<p>Thank you. I am glad my instructible was a help. </p>
These instructions are AWESOME!!! Thank you SO MUCH! I repaired my machine in less than 20 minutes. (Some sort of fabric was clogging the sump.) Please add a comment/update to step 1 to indicate the need to press in the nail or metal tool to release the &quot;catch&quot; so the panel will release and turn. Very sore fingers from trying to turn without first pushing in. Thanks again - you really helped save the day! ?
Thanks for the comment and the suggestion. This is what currently I have in step one currently: &nbsp;<br> <br> &nbsp;<em><strong>Gently press on the panel with your other hand while you rotate the panel clockwise to move the hole to the 6 o'clock position.</strong></em><br> <br> Did your machine need more than pressing on that circular panel? &nbsp;Did you have to push on the nail to release something while pressing on the panel and turning it?<br> <br> Or is this a case of &nbsp;the-text-makes-sense-after-I've-done-it?<br> <br> Thanks again
Oops, I mean impeller, not sump...
<p>Hey - Thank you sooo much! Your instructions were spot on! My impeller was jammed up with a paperclip. Lots of other fun stuff down there too, just like yours.</p><p>We had called the repair guy and given a date two weeks from now for them to come out and look at the machine - you saved me laundromat visits, and tons of wasted time. Thanks again - Jane </p>
Hey, I am so glad this 'ible has helped you.
<p>I know this is summer and vacation time. The repair business must be really good to have to schedule an appointment 2 weeks in advance! &quot;Hello?, Three weeks from now my fridge is going to go in the blink. Can I get you to come out in two weeks to diagnose what may be the problem so you will have the part three weeks from now? Thank you&quot;</p>
<p>If cleaning out the pump <br>doesn't work here is my experience:</p><p>First, I replaced the pump, my pump was 8 years old so I thought <br>it could be a good place to start. The new OEM pump is actually a better design <br>then the older pump, it has an added drain line so you can aim the excess water <br>into a container rather than letting it spill all over as you remove the cap. <br>It is also white; you can see blockages much easier. While replacing the pump I <br>cleaned out all of the return lines and the washer work for a few months. I <br>then started having suds problem again. I called Bosch with no help, they will <br>not let your talk to anyone with technical knowledge of the washer, I wanted to <br>know what caused the &ldquo;suds&rdquo; part of the error message. After some research I <br>decided to replace the pressure switches. I ordered the two switches, #25 and <br>#26 on the water system diagram. I also replaced the ball check #16. Luckily <br>the two switches are on back order. The ball check came and I swapped it out <br>and I have been doing many loads without a problem. The ball check is where the <br>pressure switches get their information; if it starts to wear out they will <br>give suds error. The part is cheap only round $40. I find it pretty easy to <br>replace, one hex screw driver and a pair of pliers are all that is required and <br>the hardest part is getting the rubber boot strap back on. I have scoured the <br>internet for information on this problem without anything and I hope this will <br>help someone, good luck.</p>

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