We have had a Kenmore Elite front load washer for a number of years (Model 970-38712-00). Today it started making a clunking noise when it started the high speed spin cycle (similar to putting a pair of runners in the dryer).

I took off the back and spun the pulley by hand and heard a clunk noise, once every revolution.

Is this a minor problem? Or should we shop around for a new washer?