Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
The rubber seal you are referring to is called the bellow. It seals the front of the wash tub to the door frame. The wire hoop is the front bellow clamp. If the bellow is not damaged, you can reinsert the clamp by following these steps:
1. Install the bellow back over the frame of the door opening ensure you fit it snugly all the way around the opening.
2. Beginning at the top of the door, start inserting the wire hoop back into the groove that is in the rubber fold of the bellow behind the door opening.
3. Make sure to wire spring points towards the 6 o'clock position and begin inserting the wire hoop into the bellow groove.
4. As you work your way around the door to the 4 and 8 o'clock positions, you will need to maintain some constant downward pressure while pulling the spring apart in order to snap it back into place.
It may be advisable to use a second set of hands to hold the wire hoop in place while doing this as it has the tendency to want to come out of the groove.
If you inspect the bellow and it is ripped or torn, you will need to replace it or the washer will leak. The following link explains how:
Read through the link provided and let me know if you have any questions.
NOTE: There is another method you may try as well. Although I do not prefer this next method because these washing machines are very heavy, an alternative way of replacing the door bellow is to remove the lower toe panel and tilt the washer back at a 45 degree angle instead of removing the washer front panel. If you use this method, make sure it rests against the wall and will not tip forward. This allows the wash tub to drop down and away from the front panel and gives you access to the the rear bellow clamp through the bottom. This can save you some time. Thanks to user DGBG for the helpful tip.
If you would like some helpful exploded view diagrams of your washer that you can reference, you can use any of these web sites:
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If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
NOTE: These door seals do wear out and require replacement from time to time. However, overloading the washer to the point where items get caught in the door area can contribute to premature wear and tear.
Posted on Nov 18, 2009
Thank you for this tip! What is the six o clock position of the wire ring?
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