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Front Tub Seal

I have ordered a replacement rubber gasket seal for the foor of my LHW0050PQ 3 year old stackable washer. How can I change it. Found a wire ring but can not get the seal off to replace with new. Any suggestions.

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    This weekend I will be using your advice. Thanks for the prompt response. 13grand

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You have to take off the front to do it right.
remove upper and lower access panels
remove solution tray
remove the control panel
remove the front ( you can leave door attached but it will be heavy)

Posted on Mar 04, 2008

  • Karl Whisenand
    Karl Whisenand Mar 06, 2008

    just remember to mark the wiring for the door switch so you know what connects where.

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