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How do you change the door 'gasket'??

Would be really greatful if some one could explain how to get the old one off.

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I have just changed the gasket for this machine - its very easy.
Firstly, you need to remove the spring clipped wire around the seal on the outside of the door opening - I used narrow nose pliers to squeeze the ends together and unhook and remove the wire. I then used my hand to remove the outer part of the seal from the door opening.
You then need to remove the retaining clip on the inside of the machine - this is easy if you push the seal into the machine (turn it inside out), this will expose a jubilee style screw clip on the upper right hand side of the drum. This can (just) be unscrewed and loosened through the door opening without the need to dismantle the machine from above. The second wire will then come away and you can remove the gasket fully.
Fitting is simple the reverse of the above. Take care to put the gasket on the correct way round (drainage holes at the bottom, slightly to the left) and not to snag the rubber when fixing the outer wire clip.
Should take no more than an hour.

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This is a generic solution, so there may be very slight differences for your machine, but it should still work.

Rule 1: BEFORE YOU START Turn off the mains, unplug at the wall, turn off the water supply.

The gasket is held in place on the drum by a large sprung wire ring with a screw tighten/release. To access this (Depending on the model), you will either have to go in from the top or the bottom of the machine. Usually the top.

Pull the machine out, go to the back and unscrew, usually 2 screws that hold the "Work top surface" top on the machine at the back. There are usually clips at the front of the top, so by lifting the rear clear and either pulling the top back, or giving it a tap forward, depending on the design, the top should now lift off.

You should now be able to look down at the drum and you should clearly see the rubber gasket fitted over the edge of the drum with the clip in place. Locate the screw in tensioner and undo it until ot is possible to slip it forward and clear of the drum. You should now be able to simply pull the gasket away from the drum. Most machines rely on the door being closed to hold the gasket in place where it meets the chassis, it should just pull off if the door is open, but while you are lookiing inside, just check anyway. The assembly is simply a reverse of what is described above.

Stuff to consider: You may not be able to see the screw clip from the top, if so, tip the machine back and look from underneath. If you have to do this: Never tip the machine all the way onto its back, you may cause a water leak inside the machine. ALWAYS tip BACKWARDS, so the control panel for the machine is pointing up to avoid water getting to the control panel. I would recommend putting a chair behind the machine as you tip it, so the top back of the machine comes to rest on the seat and the machine is at about 45 degrees. this will give you access to underneath without a leak and make is a lot easier to tip it back on to its feet again afterwards.

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