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Tumbling vane screw came out - other is loose, banging as clothes tumble - how do i pry(?) open the lid (top shell) to access the drum exterior?

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  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    One tumbling vane screw came out and rattled. The vane broke off from the second.

  • griedjam Dec 22, 2008

    I was too impatient to wait for resonse and was not sure if my question even went thru (internet problems) - I was able to finally get the problem solved and actually did all of RescueTech's steps w/ a bit of guesswork (I am a machine desinger by trade so that helped) His step-by-step solution is the best, most clear description I've seen in a long time. This response would have saved me time (and I did pry a little but only cracked enamel where it can't be seen) I put a drop of glue (plastic cement ) on the vane screws before reinstalling to prevent backout again (although I did not remove/replace the others) I also cleaned out as much of the lint as I could reach before replacing covers!



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Hi and welcome...
You don't want to pry on anything, that top is secured by hooks and you have to do some dis-assembly to get the top open.

1. Open the door and remove the two screws that secure each of the door hinges to the dryer frame. With the door open so you can take a hold of it, simply pull the whole door out of the notches that the hinges fit into. (This is a reversable door designed for easy removal by the customer)
2. Remove the two screws on the opposite side of the frame where the door closes to. (along with the two white plastic trim pieces the screws go thru)
3. Once the door is off and the screws are out, pull the entire front panel forward and then it will lift off the tabs at the bottom and you can set it aside.
4. Look up near the top of the cabinet, on each side, for the metal hooks that secure the top to the cabinet. Remove the screw (5/16" nut driver) that secures each hook to the cabinet. Take the hook off, repeat for the other side.
Lift top.

Hope that helps.

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You can remove the doorhinge screws aswell as the 2 oppite the hing. then remove the u-shaped front panel, form there, there are 2 5/16 screws holding hte top cover to the main frame, remove those sand you should be able to tilt the cover back to acess the screws on the vanes

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