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Dryer door clip won't hold door shut. Spring in door appears to be loose

Dryer door clip is loose and will not hold door shut

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Hi, Get me the model # and I can get you the part # so you can replace the door latch. What brand dryer is this?

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Posted on May 17, 2009

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