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Re: Loose fins- How do we tighten them or can't you
You'll have to pop the top of the dryer. Insert a stiff putty knife into the split between the top & front, about 2 - 3 inches in from the side. There will be a spring catch you need to push in, about 1/2 inch. There is one on each side. Stand the lid up and HOPEFULLY, the fins are held in with screws or bolts. Just tighten them. If they're rivited in, you'll have to use an epoxy putty to lock them into place. Sneakers in a dryer, without a few towels will knock them loose.
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These fins are usually screwed on from the outside of the drum. If you're up to it this is a simple but time consuming fix. Take the cabinet off the front of the dryer, the top will come off as well. be careful of the wires from the control console, they will stay attached to the dryer. Tighten the tumbler fins on the drum and then re-assemble the cabinet. Typically the screws you need to access are the same used for the door latch and hinges. They go back together easy ........
Open the top ... held down with spring clips ... remove the front panel ... probably 2 to 4 screws ... be careful of the wires ... unplug the machine of course. Remove the drum ... but first observe the belt arrangement so you can reinstall. Tighten the 'fins'. Reverse the procedure.
You can use a pry or large screw driver to pop the top. Be careful of the finish.
there are two clips located between the front part in the frontpush those clips in and lift it up rest it back out of the way some of the dryers have small bolts holdind the fins on if so tighten them up and some dryers have only push in plasic clips these fins have to be replaced i certainly hope that i was able to help you and by the way close the lid, thank you.
On almost all dryers the top will release by itself without requiring you to remove the front. There are two small clamp-like mechanisms under the top on the front side. They can be released easily by sticking a flat-tip screwdriver straight into them and pushing in. Once you open the top you can spin the drum by hand and tighten the screws on the fins.
Take not however that some fins are only placed in by plastic snaps, and if it is loose it probably means that it is broken and will require repairs.
d Take off 4 door screws 2 right 2 left remove door pull front forward them two screws 5/16 in front with two brackets that hold top down. thats it just rotate drum and tighten or replace fin . ten minutes tops is all it takes. my fin broke the screw holes so i will try longer screws if not i will leave off and run with two.
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.