Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
You can order and get a new bellows gasket online or from a local appliance shop, as prices vary slightly from place to place. I suggest www.searpartsdirect.com as they usually have the part in stock and you can get it shipped to you anywhere in the US without having to run all around trying to find one locally, etc.
You're missing a couple of digits or letters in your model number, but once you get to the sears parts site, just enter in your complete model number to get a line drawing and parts list for your unit. You can also call the folks at Sears Parts Direct at 1-800-252-1698 and give them your complete model number AND serial number before you start in on the repair, so you can be sure you have got the correct bellows gasket.
It's a relatively easy repair, all you need to do is remove the spring retaining wire around the outer edge of the bellows gasket, just peel it back at the edge to see it. Now locate the locking loop by going around the rim. Once you find the locking loop, you can remove it using a couple pairs of small needle nose pliers as they make it easier to get off.
Once you've done that, you'll see the large hose clamp that holds the other side of the bellows onto the outer wash tub. You can use a nut driver or a small socket and drive to loosen it and remove it from the tub. Once you've done that, the clamp and bellows will be free to take out of the washer. Now you can give all the edges and rims a wipe down with a rag to get rid of any gunk or residue to make installation of the new bellows gasker easier and less likely to leakage. Now just reverse the order and carefully put the backside of the bellows gasket onto the tub and position the clamp over the bellows and tighten it, being careful not to overtighten the clamp so it could damage the gasket. Now carefully pull and install the front edge of the bellows gasket over the outer cabinet lip, working it around the circle a little at a time. You might need someone to help you hold the starting spot, while you continue getting the rest of the gasket onto the lip. Once you've got the gasket on the outer lip, reinstall the locking wire and you're done. Check to make sure the door closes properly and you should be able to wash without any leaks. Remember, take your time when doing the installation so as not to rip or tear it in the process. I'd also suggest you let the new gasket relax for a good 4-5 hours (to get the kinks and folds out of it from the packing box) before you do the installation so it'll be easier to install.
Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!
Posted on Sep 23, 2009
If you are referring to the door bellow (gray rubber seal) on a kenmore Elite front loader, the following link explains step-by-step how to replace one:
If you have any questions about this repair, or need additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Sep 23, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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