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This is a front loading whirlpool model lew0050pq2 dryer. we need to replace the door catch as the dryer will not power on. how do we take off the front panel?

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  • cathryng Oct 06, 2009

    yes, I've seen the drawings, but don't quite understand how to get the front panel off to replace the door catch. do i have to come at it from the top?

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Go to the following website; there are 3 links under the "Browse subcomponents" heading. Those links will take you to the assembly drawings of your machine.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getModel!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=lew0050pq2&=part+number

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