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Front Door Seal/Baffle Replacement

I need to replace the main baffle/ rubber seal around the door of my Kenmore Elite HE4T model #11045089401. Can you assist me with instructions on how to replace this rubber?

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  • wcnie Jul 19, 2008

    I am also looking for replacement part and instructions for HE3 - the gray rubber boot has a tear causing water to leak all over the floor

  • yambaws Jul 22, 2008

    same here with the tear. I used a bicycle tire patch kit to glue it back together I will let you know if it works. I looked on the sears site and can not for the life of me find the right replacement part. Oh well If all else fails I will call them.

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    rubber seal

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I need to replace a baffle from inside my Elite HE3T. Do you have directions? Only 1 came off but when I order the new one apparently it only comes in 3, so show I replace the other 2 as well? (if I can figure out how)

Of course the part did not come with any! And Sears customer service is of no help and the technical people have not responded to me.
Thanks,

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574186-installing_a_door_bellow_on_a_front_load

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Read through the link provided and let me know if you have any questions.

NOTE: There is another method you may try as well. Although I do not prefer this next method because these washing machines are very heavy, an alternative way of replacing the door bellow is to remove the lower toe panel and tilt the washer back at a 45 degree angle instead of removing the washer front panel. If you use this method, make sure it rests against the wall and will not tip forward. This allows the wash tub to drop down and away from the front panel and gives you access to the the rear bellow clamp through the bottom. This can save you some time.

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The first three sites have excellent exploded view parts illustrations you can use for part location and assembly. Just use your model number to begin your search criteria.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

NOTE: These door seals do wear out and require replacement from time to time. However, overloading the washer to the point where items get caught in the door area can contribute to premature wear and tear.

Some additional items to look for that may cause leaks around the bellow:

1. Check the dispenser tubes that pentrate the door bellow. Sometimes they get pushed behind the rubber causing the water to trickle behind the bellow and leak. You will notice this on fill and rinse.

2. Check the rear bellow clamp that holds the seal to the front facing of the wash tub. The clamp can come loose, causing it not to seal properly.

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