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One of the paddles inside the dryer has come loose, how can I fix this?

Model mdg5500aww one of the paddles inside dryer has come loose. How can I fix this?

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Remove door screws and screws on opposite side. pull front forward and down. remove two brackets at top corners to raise top (unplug machine of course). screws are on outside of drum.

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