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Need to clean out lint trap

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?

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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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