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How do I open the front of my GE DBL333EA0WW dryer to get to the bearing?

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Hello- First, BE SURE the dryer is unplugged, and then be sure again. If you are referring to the front felt bearing with the 3 teflon glides then you will need to release the two retaining clips that attach the top the the front. They are located under the front of the lid a couple inches in from each side. The best tool is a putty knife or something a flat paint scraper. Place the tool between the top of the front panel and the lid and pry up a little bit in order to see the clips, they are about an inch wide. You have to press hard right into in (its like a flat metal spring) and pry up at the same time and the lid should release. Repeat on the other side. They can be a bit tricky but just don't force it too much. Once the clips are released the top hinges towards the back. There should be a wiring harness that goes to the timer and switches and one that goes to the door switch, these have plastic connectors that should separate them as a unit so you can remove the front panel. There is one screw on each outside edge near the top of the interior of the front panel that holds it to the main dryer cabinet, take these out and pull the front panel forward and up and the panel should separate itself from the cabinet. You have to be careful when you put the front panel back on that it slides in on the bottom retainer clips and that the top of the drum is positioned correctly over the felt on the front panel. Just don't force anything. Hope this helps, best regards.

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