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Need to remove case of hotpoint wma 63

I have to remove casing to replace spider and bearing but theere is no removeable rear panel so obviously the whole case needs removing i cant see screws clips etc any ideas?

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  • larry rosen Nov 30, 2008

    thanks for the info i havent had time to attack machine yet as im installing a new boiler/heating system and this machine is standing in the shed so second priority but imm sure your info will work and wonder why i didnt think of it first lol

    thanks for your help

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The drum comes out through the front on this one.Take off kick plate and remove screws holding front panel to frame. Take out soap drawer & remove screws behind it. Take off band holding door seal & peel seal back.Remove 2 screws holding door lock &push lock through. Pull control panel forward at left side &slide to right to remove being carefull with board & wiring.Remove screws holding top end of front then lift slightly &remove front.Remove back panel &take wiring off heating element & pump. Disconnect the pump hose at the drum end, disconnect the hose from the soap dispenser, note that wiring is fastened to the drum at several points and will need to be disconnected. Remove panel from behind control board then carefully move everything away from the front of the machine, the drum can now be lifted clear.

Forgot to mention unplugging motor but common sense will prevail.

If you need any further assistance please post back

Good luck & thanks for using Fixya

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