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How do I access the drum of my Maytag Neptune Dryer from the top. One of the inside fins of the dryer has come off and just needs to be screwed back in, but I need to access the top of the dryer drum and I can't get it open.

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Try to pop the top up on it ... then remove the front. be careful of the wires on the door switch

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