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Front door forced open and latch broken. How do you replace and install new latch?

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The following link explains step-by-step how to replace a door latch on a Kenmore Elite front loader:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575840-replacing_a_door_latch


Replacements parts (if required) can be purchased from any of the following websites:

searspartrsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

Prices vary between sites, so shop and compare. The first three sites listed also have helpful exploded view parts illustrations to assist you with locating and properly identifying the parts you may need.


If you have any questions about this repair, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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