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How do I replace the rubber seal which is inside the door and rides against the washer drum. I cannot see how to remove the top cover for the controls under which are screws to remove the front section of the washer holding the door.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
bob, if your model starts with 417. this is a mother of all jobs. The black marks are coming from the rear bearing assy. in the tub. I just changed one out and it is misery. I don't believe the boot is causing the black marks. When I tore this one apart I found the tub, tub to drain pump hose, pump itself, contaminated with this black crap. Replaced them all. The tub and bearing comes as one piece and it is no fun to put in. The whole washer has to come apart to do this job and it requires two men to do it. The boot (bellow)itself is a pain to install. You might want to check with Sears and see if this is covered under the 5 year warrany on the bearing and tub, parts only, if not, it's not worth the time or money..Catriver..post back.
Posted on Apr 23, 2007
Hi, I'm not familiar with your particular model, but there is most likely a very similar type of clamp holding the back end of the seal to the static part of the drum. It is most unlikely that you will need to take off the front cover as on most machines only the back and top are removable. You might need to unfold the rubber to get to see the wire which is holding it on. If it is the type of clamp with a screw-tightening device, it might be rusted up and a new one might be called for.
If the old seal is damaged there is nothing to be lost by cutting away some of it with scissors so you can see better what you are doing.
When you get to the stage of putting the new seal on, try lubricating it with a bit of washing up liquid or soap to allow it to slip properly onto the casing and rum, and try to avoid tightening up with a twist in it - the soap should help. Remember to put the new one on in the reverse order to the way you got the old one off.
Hope this helps you a bit more. D
Posted on Jul 18, 2008
The rubber seal is known as a bellow. If the bellow is torn, more than likely it IS the cause of your leak. Your only course of action is the replace it. Searspartsdirect.com carries replacements. Just type in your model (as you provided) and look under the "Door and Latch Parts" heading for item number 1 (part #8182119). It is not a cheap part, but it will cost you much more to have an appliance repair company install it for you. This is not a difficult repair, and you can accomplish this on your own if you follow these steps:
Some additional parts that normally do not need replaced, but you may consider just in case are the front and back clamps that hold the bellow in place. They are listed under the same heading as items 6 and 14. They don't cost that much and may consider them just in case you need them. In particular, the front clamp, can break or the spring becomes stretched. Inspect these items just to be sure.
I hope you find this information helpful. If you require additional assistance, please let me know.
PS You may also try repairclinic.com for comparative pricing. They also carry the same parts (sometimes for less).
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
SOURCE: replacing door seal rubber boot
Hi its just a peice of wire with a spring tensioner just pull the door seal free" towards side of machine not forward" it will come .....then you will see wire ! you will kick yourself when you see.... it i did lol
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
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