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I have a Kenmore 97284810 gas dryer. I need to take off the front panal to check the ignitor and see if the pilot light comes on. There is an approx. 2' x 10' panal across the bottom of the front, but it doesn't seem to want to pop off and I don't want to break it?

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Use a putty knife & there is 2 clips on the top of the panel in the corners. Use a flash light you will see them. Push on them with your puddy knife as you pry up & down. Look on sears a the pictures & you can see where they are at.

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