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I have a Maytag model # PVAT234AWW Washer. It is only 2 yrs old and it won't agitate. We are trying to remove the front panel and cannot seem to get it off. Any suggestions????

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The PVAT234AWW top-load has two spring clips at the top of the front panel. Use a sturdy, wide blade pry bar or screwdriver to pop the top off the two clips. The top is somewhat hinged at the rear, so the front part of the top cover lifts up.

You will see two hex head screws, one on each side. These hold the front panel in place. The front panel lower retainers are long spring clip types. The front panel lifts up and away from these two lower clips after the top screws are removed.

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Had a metalic sound. Now it will not spin or agitate.

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Check for screws at bottom. few have them. otherwise paintscrapper /putty knife works between top and front panels. there are some alignment posts in there as well that are close to the clips, they prevent you from pressing the clips down. the actual clips are to the inside of those posts press hard and pull up or out at same time

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