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How do I get rid of the stinky smell of my front loader?

We cleaned the pump and trap got rid of the F2 and everything is working fine. How do I get rid of the smell?

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The smell comes from your front rubber boot you must replace it toget rid of the smell.The water collects in the inner part of the boot and and sits there till it smells hope i helped

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