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One of the three paddles inside the drum has broken off. I have the new part and need to know how to access the drum to replace the paddle? I know the bolt heads are on the outside of the drum.

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You will need to take the back panel off use a 1/4 in socket driver.Then you should see the drum.

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two screws hold each in place, and is is common for them to graduallyloosen. it is also easy to tighten them back. open the door, there are4 screws on each side inside door frame, remove them. then pull thefront panel from the sides towad you, the pannel will come foward thenlift up and set panel aside. there is 1 screw on each side holding thetop down, remove them then top hinges up. you will be able to see thedrum and as you turn it you can tighten the screws to all 3 baffles,then re-assemble.


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    mohammed marika thambi Jul 03, 2009

    put all the screws back in the back. You are going to get it from the
    front. Remove the screws that hold the door in place. Lift up on door
    and slide the hinges out. Remove the two screws and spacers on the
    opposite side. Now pull the front panel forward and off. Now you will
    see two hold down brackets that secure the top. Loosen the screws and
    slide the brackets to the inside. Now the top will lift up and you can
    get at the screws for the baffles. Just rotate the drum till it's on top



  • mohammed marika thambi
    mohammed marika thambi Jul 03, 2009

    To fit new paddle,line up the lugs on the paddle in the slots in the
    drum, and push firmly with both hands towards the rear of the drum, you
    should feel it click into place, make sure you fit it the correct way
    round.

  • mohammed marika thambi
    mohammed marika thambi Jul 03, 2009

    The harder ones can involve removal of the drum,
    which means stripping down the machine almost totally just to remove a
    plastic paddle! The reason is that the retaining screw can be on the
    underside, the part that faces onto the outer tub or tank. It is
    incredibly annoying to say the least when you find this to be the case.


    One trick is to release the sump hose (watch out you will get
    water out it) and to see if you can access the retaining screw through
    that. If you can then it becomes a reasonably straightforward job to
    swap the old broken drum paddle for a new one.


    If you do have to strip down the machine to access the drum
    paddles and the machine is a few years old we would almost always
    replace the tank seal or tub gasket as well as the bearing seal at the
    same time. There’s absolutely no point in stripping the machine down to
    that degree and not doing it.


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