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How to replace the door bellows seal ?

The front door bellows seal is broken ,would you please to help me how to replace it? Also looking for service manual for duet front load washer so I can replace the bellows - specifically my model is the GHW9100L but my guess is many of the service issues are identical.

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  • Chuck Askew
    Chuck Askew Nov 10, 2008

    Seems simple enough. But two questions:



    1 - what is "washing up fluid"

    2 - The clamp that holds the seal to the cabinet looks a bit daunting. It is as you describe - a Wire circle with a spring. How do you suggest I prise it off. just pull on it with pliers? I am not worried about damaging the bellows I am removing, so I am willing to try brute strength. But I am more concerned about putting the clamp back on after replacing the bellows. any suggestions on technique to do so efficiently without damage to the new bellows?

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This is general for all door seals - all are much the same.
disconnect from mains. take lid off
prise off the clamp holding seal to cabinet - usually a wire circle with a spring - and peel seal off cabinet. fold seal back inside drum
seal is held onto lip of tub with what is really a giant hose clip. undo this and the seal will come away from tub.
on new seal, lubricate the slot in the seal that goes onto the lip of drum with washing up fluid.
starting at top, enter the slot in seal on lip of tub. work your way round in both directions pushing slot onto lip. this is the hard part and it may take more than one attempt.
when seal is on all the way round, replace the clamp.
refix seal to cabinet (easy to do) and refit outer clamp.
test for leaks on rinse as water level is higher

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load


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