The left front spring holding the wash tub has come loose
How do you take the top panel (not just the lid) off so I can get access to the left front corner of the machine where a steel rod attaches to a spring? The cover of the spring has come off and the wash tub is now hanging crooked. I can see how to fix it, but I can't get access to it.
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Hi just read your posting. Under the lid there are 2 plastic covers one on the left and one on the right toward the front of the machine.If you remove the covers with a screw driver there will be one screw under each cover.Unscrew these screws and now you can lift the hob up to see the suspension rods.Lift the hob gently and slowly.Hope this helps.Please reply for further help if needed.Good luck.
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Check balance springs at the bottom of the tub/drum. To gain access and remove front panel insert a knife or thin blade approx. 4" in the from each side in between the front seam on the front panel, this will release the lid clips, lift and hinge back the lid panel, remove the two screws securing the front panel and remove, there are 6-8 springs at the bottom, check all are intact.
Also check drum is rotating at full speed, if not check and replace drive belt below the machine, tilt machine back to gain access, flip belt off the pulleys and replace same way.
If you have an old top loader, you can release the top lid by pushing a flat steel ...like a puttey knife into the space between the top and the front panels. On the far left front then the far right front while continuing an upward pressur on the top panel.
. The top will then come up.
The hinge on the left side activates the lid switch. The hinge will have to be repaired or replaced.
Use a putty knife or a old CD to slide under the control panel on the right and left sides,where the control panel front meets the washer top. This will release the clips that hold the control panel to the top cabinet. Fold the cabinet to the rear.
Unplug the lid switch in the top of the cabinet on the left side.
Remove the brass clips holding the cabinet to the rear panel. The cabinet will come off so that you can access the underside for the hinge and lid switch.
Remove the 2 screws from corner of the control console and lift the console to the rear. Remove the 2 clips holding the cabinet to the rear panel. Unplug the lid switch wire. Remove the cabinet. Look for a loose or broken spring. There will be 3 large springs around the base. One small spring goes from the tub to the bottom rear panel(probably the one broken).Look for a loose skate plate under the tub. Maybe missing pads.
Drain pump screen is clogged. If its makeing a bad grinding sound the pump will need to be replaced. Otherwise disasembly of the machine is required to access pump area to clean out screen. Dextrous people can probaly do this from the back or underneath unit. Its difficult and I don't recomend it to beginers or people who arn't handy. Easiest/prefered method: (This is the one I use.)
Method A units that have a bottom access panel. ie: front panel not one seamless peice.
-lean back against wall for easy access.
-remove two #2 square screws form access panel.
-Loosen clamp holding hose to tub. (Big black one around 2" in diameter.)
-remove and clean screen.
-reassemble machine and test pump operation.
Method B units the have seamless front panel.
-remove top. 3 screws @ back, slide top away from machine to remove.
-remove 2 screws holding console onto chasis.
-remove 3 screws @ and behind disp area.
-Remove console. ( tab may be holding to front panel @ middle bottom use putty knife to pry up.)
-remove 4 screws holding front pannel @ top to chasis.
-remove 2 screws holding frong pannel to chasis inside machine. Acess from top. (some models only.)
-remove bottom screws either 4 or 2 usally 4.
-remove two screws holding door lock to front panel
-remove spring from around bellow.
-remove bellow from front pannel
-remove front pannel. Tilts forward and lifts up off supports. (some models only.) or pannel ifs up and off from white tabs in side of chasis.
-unhook wires to door lock from front pannel. (plastic molex tab)
-may now access pump like in method A.
-access pump area
-remove drain hose to pump by looseing clamp and pulling off.
-remove hose to tub by losseing clamp and pulling off.
-remove power connection at back left of pump.
-unscrew two philips screws holding pump too base plate. (only one is really required.)
-clean pump screen or add one if not present.
-replug in power
-test pump operation
you need to first unplug the unit. next you need to remove 4 screws that hold the dispenser lid on. next open the door remove 4 screws. remove the door and the out side panel. next located to the top left and right you will see a bracket with a 5/16 bolt remove them and take the bracket off. next lift the lid. you will have access to the door seal. you will see a spring at the top that is the band that holds the seal to the tub. the front of the seal just peels off. when putting the band and spring back on may be a little tricky. get one side up to the top gett a piece of duct tape and secure it. so that you can properly get the rest of the band on without fighting with it. get some vise grips and pull the spring over and attach to the part that is tapped. let me know if this helps or if you need more instructions.
The wash tub is suspended by two large support springs from the top and 2 to 4 shocks (depending on model) from the bottom. It sounds like one or both of your upper support springs may have come loose for some reason. You will need to remove the top panel of the washer by removing the three screws that hold it in place in the rear. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back, then off. You should be able to see the support springs easily at this point. There is one connected to the drum on the left and right side of the tub. If the drum has come loose, all you should have to do is have someone assist you by lifting the tub up high enough to reattach the spring(s). CAUTION: The tub is very heavy due to the fact it has counter weights on the front and rear of the tub. Lifting may take some effort. Now...these springs usually have a small bracket covering the upper end that prevents it from coming loose. It is not normal for them to become detached unless the drum cracks at the spring support, or if you had a severely off balanced load that may have shaken it violently. In addition, if the support springs did come loose, you will need to inspect the perimeter of the door bellow (rubber boot) to ensure it did not become ripped or come loose from the tub as well. This will cause leakage. Please inspect your washer and get back to me on what you found, so that I may assist you further if needed.
you can lift the top and get a closer l;ook, by opening lid and looking approx, 4 inches back along side rail, youll see a rubber plug, remove the plugs toreveal the screws hoding down the main top. after emoving screw lift the top back and you see the 4 suspension bars tha hold the machine, either one "popped" or the left front corner should have a sdpring attached form it to the tub( clips on to the red little bracket on side of outer tub). either of thesse swill fixyour problem
Reach (or look) over the tub, just under the metal top, at the four corners of the machine to see if the rubber tab dampening straps are OK. (not broken) If broken, use putty knife to push in 2 spring clips at very top of front panel (a couple inches in from the L and R side) and pull to take front panel off. Remove two 1/4 hex head screws holding top to side panels. Remove top. (looks like your model has a lid switch which can be unplugged by the back splash.)
Also check that the inner tub does not rock independently of the outer tub. If it does, pull agitator and tighten large left hand threaded nut.
WASHING MACHINES HAVE SPRINGS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TUB THAT ARE MENT TO KEEP IT FROM SHAKING, LIFT THE LID BY INSERTING A SCREW DRIVER SIDE WAYS BETWEEN THE LID AND THE FRONT THEN TURN THE SCREW DRIVER, NEXT UNDO THE SCREWS ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT HOLDING THE FRONT ON TO THE MACHINE, NOW IT WILL SLIDE OFF AND YOU CAN SEE THE SPRINGS