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I'm trying to replace the door catch on the front panel of a Whirlpool Dryer model GEW9868KQ1. I've replace the piece on the door but can't figure out how to get the front panel off.

I'm trying to replace the door catch on the front panel of a Whirlpool Dryer model GEW9868KQ1. I've replace the piece on the door but can't figure out how to get the front panel off.

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Hi, You shouldn't have to remove the front panel. Just squeeze the latch hard enough to remove it. I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can be of any more assistance.


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