Model number MCE8000AYQ. Does lint basket remove from the drum for easy cleaning. I have removed the two external screws from the bottom drum and have removed the screws from the sensor but that does not release the basket. Anything else I can do?
No, the lint basket/grid does not remove from front panel. This is what drives me nuts about this dryer......the worst lint catch design on any dryer I've used. I have purchased several vac attachments to get down in there, but every so often I take it apart.
You have to remove the bottom lower front panel of the dryer. It's not extremely difficult, just time consuming.
I copied and pasted how to do so below thanks to a poster from another site, as I'm not so good at explaining these things in writing.
" Unplug the dryer. Remove the two screws that connect the front panel to the lint trap housing.
- Open the upper cabinet dryer and unscrew the four screws that span across the rear of the control panel.
- Move the control panel up and be aware that you will have to detach at least one electrical connector to get the panel out of the way (This will allow you to swing the control panel to the left).
- Remove the five srews located across the top of the bottom panel (Previously hidden by the control panel).
- Swing the top of the panel out and gently pull up to remove the bottom of the panel from the brackets.
- Unhook the yellow moisture sensor harness 2 wire electrical connector on the lower right side which will allow you to swing the panel to the left. " You can download the Service manual online. It has the photo's to show you how. Not sure if this site has it but some other sites do. If you type in the model # + service manual in a search it should bring up several sites to get it. You may have to pay for it. I ordered one soon after buying the dryer.....you never know when you may need it and being able to order the parts and fix it yourself saves a bundle, especially when it's one small little $5.00 part that could cost $100 or more on a service call.The electrical connections inside the front panel and on the digital console are not difficult to remove at all. I wrote on the inside panels w/ a marker as I removed them the first time I opened it as to how they hook back up. You can also take pics as you go w/ a digital camera if you have one. The 3 plug in connectors on the logic board are 3 different sizes, so they only can go back in one way. I just got finished putting mine all back together last night.......I had a chewed sensor harness thanks to a chilly tree rat thinking my dryer vent on the roof looked like a toasty place to keep warm.....not realizing he'd fall 20ft straight down w/ nowhere to go but into dryer doing some damage trying to get out. Anyway, sorry if I wasn't very clear on things, as I said I'm not to good explaining these things in writing, but the service manual is a must. Good luck and take care, Teresa ; )
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First you need to determine if your dryers blower housing and other components are located in the rear of the dryer or underneath the dryer. The quickest and most simple way to do this is to look at the front of the dryer and see if it is one complete front or two pieces. There will be a small gap completly across the front about a quarter way up if its two. If its two pieces then your work is going to be up front. You remove the lower kickplate with a flat screw driver and pressing the clips, one on each side in the groove. If its a solid front then you'll need a 1/4 " driver or drill with 1/4" socket, adapter, etc. From the rear of the dryer, there are about nine 1/4 inch screws you take off to access the area your looking for. Hope this helps, good luck. Now to look around the drum area, it also depends on if its one or two pieces. If one, remove the lint trap and take the two phillips head screws then take a flat head and pop the top up. Then inside, top front left and right sides there are two screws, either 5/16" or 1/4" screws you need to remove to pull the front off. If two pieces you'll have to pop the top as earlier, but you'll have to remove the kickplate, then two additional screws at the lower portion of the top piece as well as the top.
First you have to remove the back and then top of the dryer, then you will have to remove the drum. After the drum is removed you may see screws along both sides on the inner corners of the front. (You may not have to remove the front once drum is out.) Remove these and the front should come off. There is usually lint jammed in the front tube if this dryer has a lint trap under the door, thus causing the heat not to circulate through the dryer.
can you move the drum by hand?if not the pen is jammed in the blower wheel stopping the motor from turning,if the filter is on top you'll need to remove the filter,take out the 2 screws in front of the filter now make sure the dryer is on a flex line so you can pull it forward to remove the lint filter and then remove the back panel,now you need to remove the 4 screws holding the duct on that the filter slides into and remove the pen and any lint that's in the duct,if the filter is inside remove the bottom panel,remove the filter and take off the duct and clean it out,next time send model number
Please DO NOT try using it with the paper in it. You will need to remove the back cover and disassemble the lint chute to remove the paper. When the back is removed you will see the chute assembly on the left side about 8 screws hold it together. There are 2 screws at the top under the flap that covers the lint trap that need to be removed also.
FIRST UNPLUG IT!!!!! remove the lint screen remove the screws there, if no screws, still proceed take a flat screw driver on the crack of the lid in front of machine pry on both sides of it will pop up, then it will lift like a car hood, might be able to reach it from there, if not there's two screws (under the hood) then the front will come off, the drum will fall its ok, just have to put in place when you put it back together when in place hold front with knee and put screws back in (under the hood), pop cover back down and put screws back in where lint trap is, clean lint trap and reinsall. fire the puppy up
open lint trap door and remove two screws.
pull lid toward you and lift up at front edge.
on either side of the front door panel there is a 5/16" sheet metal screw. when screws are removed, pull top of door panel out to clear drum and lift. should be able to access drum and idler from there but make sure you unplug dryer first, double check belt for twists, rotate drum back and forth. While your in there you should clean out lint and check rollers.
THE BELT HAS BROKEN,TO REPLACE REMOVE THE 2 LINT SCREEN SCREWS,PULL THE TOP TOWARD YOU AND UP,REMOVE THE 2 SCREWS FROM THE TOP FRONT PANEL ONE ON EACH SIDE,REMOVE THE DOOR SWITCH WIRES,PULL THE FRONT UP AND OFF,PUT THE NEW BELT AROUND THE DRUM AND UNDER THE DRUM PULLEY AND ONTO THE MOTOR PULLEY,PUT ALL BACK TOGETHER,YOU CAN GET THE MODEL NUMBER FROM INSIDE THE DRYER DOOR,GO TO YOUR LOCAL APPLIANCE PARTS STORE TO GET A BELT,OR GET IT FROM SEARS .COM
The font panel must be removed. This may be done by removing the control console (open upper cabinet doors to find screws behind the console). The screws along the top of the lower front panel are easily accessible. Disconnect the two interlock switches, remove the grounding clip attached to the bulkhead & lift the panel off the two lower clips. Inside the panel is a housing that leads to the exhaust blower. It will be packed with lint that may be hardened like papier mache. Just clean out the mess & reverse the process to replace the parts.
take a screwdriver and push it in below the door at the top of the bottom panel, near each end of the panel, there is a springclip to pry on that that releases the panel and it will fold out and then lift off. then you can get access by removing a few screws.
BE SURE TO UNPLUG BEFORE WORKING ON IT.