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Need to replace on off switch in a kenmore dryer and cannot get the panel cover off

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I need more info on your dryer to be able to assist you. Post a reply to this or ask me with a model number. I'll be glad to help then.

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type I: maytag:kenmore stackable:speedqueen:
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