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FIn inside neptune md55 dryer came loose need to remove side pane

The fin on the Neptune Dryer has come loose and I need to remove the side panel on the dryer to replace the two screws that hold one of the three fins in place. It would be simple if I knew exactly how to remove the panel.

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  • shortoldlady Mar 21, 2009

    one of the three fins is coming progressively looser - need help how to access and tighten.

  • mp548225 Mar 27, 2009

    The past two weeks my dryer has this god awful rattle clinking noise in the lower left side while running.

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    does anyone know how long the screw is that I would need to replace I need to get the parts today before I go home or the wife might not let me come home.

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    Thank you solution #2. You are awesome and explained things perfectly!

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    Same problem with loose fin, The directions provided here were excellent! Saved me a $125 service call.

  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    My problem was a rhythmic scraping noise while the dryer was on. Using solution #2 (worked like a charm), I found that one of these screws holding the fin had unscrewed most of the way out and was hitting the sides of the dryer as it went around. I'm sure glad it didn't snag any of the wires, etc in there. Using my 8mm socket I was able to tighten the screw back in (and while I was in there, make sure all the other screws were tight also!), put the front back on, and start up the dryer. Voila, no more noise! Thanks so much for the solution to my problem.

  • Mrs. Fixit Jul 14, 2012

    Solution #2 worked like a charm!!

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Need to remove fins from dryer barrel

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    ving fins from mitor and is this why the dryer tyrns on and off



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I had the same problem but it's the FRONT Panel you need to remove. Before you start, unplug the thing first. BTW I did the whole proceedure in 10 minutes using an electric screwdiver / philips bit and a socket set with an 8mm socket with my leg in a cast. You can do better, I'm confident!

Two 8mm hex head bolts hold each fin on the drum. They can be tightened. You need to open the dryer front since they bolt from the outside of the drum. To open the dryer front you first take the door off by removing the two philips head screws, then slightly lift the door and pull toward you (the door hinges have little hooks on the end that inserts into the slots (this little design keeps the door from falling off during removal and install-nice). Then remove the two philips screws on the other side of the door opening (opposite the door hinges). These screws hold two plastic brackets (be sure to see how they are aligned before you remove them so you know how they go back on.

Now the front frame panel looks like an "H" . Grab the top two arms of the 'H" and give a quick ****. The top arms of the 'H" will come loose. The bottom part is held by a couple of clips, just pull up and the front panel comes off.

You will be able to spin the drum until the hex bolts for the fin(s) in question are visable / reachable from the right side (just above the heater unit-hope you unplugged the dryer earlier). I tightened it using an 8 mm socket.

Now reverse your steps: put the front panel back on the bottom clips and snap the top "H" arms back in place. Reinstall the plastic clips / screws and then put the door back on.

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  • nornicotine May 10, 2011

    Yes Indeedy...a ten minute fix as described by psuallen (#2)...THANKS!
    Also, Kudo's to Maytag for designing a product that can be disassembled and reassemble without trouble!

  • Helpmedothis Dec 16, 2011

    Dear psuallen,
    Thank you, thank you! I was able to follow your well-outlined instructions exactly, and problem resolved! I love the Internet. People like you make life better. I owe you $85 (the price my appliance repair guy would've charged me...minimum.

  • Mrs. Fixit Jul 14, 2012

    This solution is perfection!! All worked as described!
    Mrs. Fixit

  • Mrs. Fixit Jul 14, 2012

    absolutely worked like a charm, thank you!!!
    Mrs. Fixit


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Yeah for my DH! You take off the door and then remove the lower front panel. You now can access the fin screws - tighten all while they are there!!

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

  • shortoldlady Mar 21, 2009

    Side note - tighten them ASAP - our's has been clanking for awhile and DH said the holes were starting to elongate.



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