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How do i take the outside off of my kenmore washer to check the motor stuff,

I read a problem that sounds like mine and i am wondering how i take the casing off to check to see what it is?

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Kenmore/whirlpool & heaps of others

  • Unplug washer
  • turn off taps
  • remove trims from edge of control panel
  • remove screws from under bottom edge of trims
  • raise slide forward and flip control panel over, hinged at top, do not dislodge air hose to level control
  • remove brass body clips under control panel, not position for reinstall
  • lift body 1/2inch (locator studs at bottom) and remove, top front and both sides come away as one piece
motor pump gearbox tub suspension is now exposed
reassemble in reverse order

Posted on Oct 02, 2008


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