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I need to get at the drum from the outside to tighten the paddles that are inside the drum

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  • Michael Celso Sep 30, 2010

    Maytag mde8600ayw bought new in 2002

  • Michael Celso Sep 30, 2010

    Baffles are loose in the drum.

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Need to know what kind of dryer to be able to tell you how to get in it.,

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

  • Robert Johns
    Robert Johns Sep 30, 2010

    Look at the to lid toward the front where it connects with the bottom body ther are two clipps that you use a flathead screw drive to flip loose. Check bottom of the base front body and see if there is two screws, if so remove.

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