One of the ignitor knobs has become disconnected on the interior, behind the front panel. It seems that the knobs, except for the oven control, are designed to be permanently attached to the stem. This prevents removal of the front panel. Which of course prevents repair of the mechanism behind the panel.
What is the process for removal of this front panel. I have removed the 4 star screws but of course, without being able to remove the knobs, this is not enough.
I found the solution at Fixitnow.com. Apparently the knobs are VERY difficult to remove and must be pried off using two screw drivers on either side of the knob and working back and forth. I sprayed them with WD40 before replacing them.
After getting past this poor design issue, the remainder of the repair was very simple, as I expected it would be.
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To open that dryer ya need to first remove the top by removing the screws in the rear of it,then remove the control panel...behind the control panel are screws that hold the front panel to the cabinet.
this tip i wrote will help ya to determine why its not heating...after disconnecting the front panel it can be letf connected to run the dryer to see whats happening as far as the igniter not coming on or whatnot
Look for screws in each corner of the front of the panel, or on the left and right side. Since this is a very wide grill, the front panel may also be attached to one or more of the valves. Remove the knobs and check to see if any of the screws holding the knob bezels also holds the front panel to the valve. I know on DCS built-ins, it usally takes a Torx bit to remove the front panel screws.
please there is no need to start your dryer without the switch. you can easily replace the switch yourself just follow this instructions below to replace your switch.
things you will need are philip and hex and nut screwdrivers, putty knife and Replacement "start" switch. then
Disconnect the dryer from the electrical outlet. Slide the dryer out from the wall and disconnect the dryer vent from the dryer's back panel.
Loop a piece of string behind the "Start" button and pull forward on the string to pop the knob off the switch's post.
Access the interior of the control panel. Depending on your model of dryer, there are several ways to access the interior of the control panel. On older dryers, there will be an access panel along the back of the control panel that can be removed once all of the retaining screws have been removed. On newer dryers, the control panel is held in place by screws in the front or spring clips. Remove the plastic end caps on the control panel and remove the screws underneath. If your dryer has no end caps, slide a putty knife under the corners of the control panel and lift up on the knife to release the clips. Rotate the control panel toward the rear of the dryer to access the interior.
Unplug the wires from the switch by sliding them off the contact terminals on the switch. Make a note which wire connects to which terminal so you can easily connect them to the new switch.
Press the release tab to unlock the switch and slide it out of its socket. If you have an older dryer, remove the retaining screw to remove the switch. Slide a new switch into the socket and press it down until the release tab locks into place. If you removed a retaining screw, replace the screw. Reconnect the wires.
Rotate the control panel back down on the dryer or replace the rear access panel. Replace the knob and reconnect the dryer vent. Plug the dryer back into the electrical outlet.
Remove the front door window/lock control switch bezel.
Disconnect the window/lock control switch electrical connectors.
Remove the 3 front door trim panel screws.
To avoid damaging the trim panel, do not pull directly outward to
carry out this step.
Lift the door trim panel by pulling directly upward on the armrest
to disengage the panel clips.
Remove the exterior mirror control switch from the front door trim
Remove the front door speaker.
Remove the interior molding.
Disconnect the door lock actuating rod at the door handle
Release the door lock actuating rod clip.
Position the door lock actuating rod aside.
Remove the front door weather shield.
Make sure the holes in the glass bracket do not become enlarged
during the rivet removal process. If the holes become enlarged, the new
rivets may become loose, resulting in clicking noise concern.
Some vehicles may use rivets to attach the window glass to the
window regulator assembly. Use a 4.5 mm (0.1772 in) drill bit to drill
out the glass-to-regulator rivets.
Remove the 2 front door window glass-to-regulator bolts or rivets.
Position the front door window glass as necessary to access the
front door window glass-to-regulator bolts or rivets.
Secure the front door glass in the full up position with tape.
Disconnect the window regulator motor electrical connector.
Remove the 4 window regulator assembly nuts.
Remove the window regulator assembly.
Fig. Exploded view of the front door and power window
components-2005 Explorer and Mountaineer
Position the window regulator assembly.
Install the 4 window regulator assembly nuts. Tighten to 89 inch
lbs. (10 Nm).
Connect the window regulator motor electrical connector.
Remove the tape securing the front door glass in the full up
Position the front door window glass as necessary to access the
front door window glass-to-regulator bolts or rivets. Install the bolt
and tighten the bolts to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm), or install new rivets.
Install the front door weather shield.
Connect the door lock actuating rod at the door handle assembly:
Position the door lock actuating rod into proper location.
Attach the door lock actuating rod clip.
Install the interior molding.
Install the front door speaker.
Install the front door trim panel as follows:
Install the exterior mirror control switch from the front door
Position the door trim panel onto the armrest to engage the panel
Install the 3 front door trim panel screws.
Connect the window/lock control switch electrical connectors.
Install the front door window/lock control switch bezel.
Install the front door handle bezel.
Raise the front door window glass to the full up position.
Remove the interior door handle.
Support the front door window glass.
Disconnect the front door window regulator motor electrical
Remove the equalizer bracket nuts.
Fig. Remove the equalizer bracket nuts-2005 Explorer Sport-Trac
Remove the front door window regulator by removing the rivets and
Remove the front door window regulator motor retaining bolts and
then remove the motor.
Fig. Remove the front door window regulator motor retaining bolts
and then remove the motor-2005 Explorer Sport-Trac
Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
Tighten the regulator motor mounting bolts to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
Frost on the interior back wall is a sign of defrost system failure. about a third of the way back on the fresh food control panel you will see a recessed knob (defrost timer). Use a flat blade screwdriver to rotate the knob clockwise. A click will be heard each time the knob advances. Continue until a more pronounced click is heard. You are now in the defrost cycle. Within five minutes, you should begin to hear sizzling sounds coming from just under the frost on the interior back wall. If you do hear the sizzling, replace the defrost timer. If not, the trouble will be a bad heater, defrost thermostat (located behind the interior rear cover) or loose connection. ****Before any screws are removed to make a repair.....DISCONNECT THE UNIT FROM POWER.
on the year and model remove the wiper/washer and fog lamp switch knob
if they will interfere with the headlight switch knob removal. Check
the switch body (behind dash, see Step 3) for a release button. Press
in on the button and remove the knob and shaft assembly. If not
equipped with a release button, a hook tool may be necessary for knob
Remove the steering column shrouds and cluster panel
finish panel if they interfere with the required clearance for working
behind the dash.
Unscrew the switch mounting nut from the front
of the dash. Remove the switch from the back of the dash and disconnect
the wiring harness.