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Replacing rubber seal on Kenmore Elite He3

Hi, I noticed my Kenmore elite washer leaking during the cycle. I checked around and found the rubber seal between the front door and machine shredded. Seemed like that was the source of problem. Ordered new seal and clamp but replacing it has been a challenge! Is there an easier way to install new seal? I am just trying to stick it underneath the white border around the edges and that's the tricky part. Once I can get the seal secure, I can clamp it tight. There is not a whole lot of room to make sure that it goes around smoothly. Is there a better/ easier way to do this? I have the same repair replacement challenge on a Kenmore Elite het5 front load. A sears repairman replaced the old seal that had ripped with a new one but it is not installed properly with water is leaking worse than before. I was able to pull the ring clamp with my hands. I reported to sears but another week before they can return. I can do thois job with some instruction. Any help?

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Gowalia, it's going to be a fight without removing the front panel. This is the easiest and not that hard. Remove the top, by removing the 3 screws in the rear. The top will slide off toward the back. Next remove the control panel. Remove the 2 screws on each end on top. Remove the detergent drawer. Remove the torq screws behind the detergent drawer. The control panel will now snap off, pulling from the top and lifting up. Once freed, remove the control panel ribbon cable from the side of the main board. Now remove the screws holding the door switch mechanism in place. Remove the spring that holds the outer part of the boot from the front panel. Now remove the 4 quarter inch screws that hold the front panel and door on the front. Now you can install the new boot with ease. I know it sounds like a lot, but it is not that bad. Just reverse the process when the boot is on the tub. Make sure to have the mark on the boot ^ lined up with the mark on the tub on top. Catriver.

Posted on Sep 06, 2007


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