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Replacing the drum baffle in kenmore elite he3t front loading washers

I'm planning to have the drum baffle kit shipped to me, but before completing the purchase I wanted to verify if the entire drum needs to be removed to install the new baffle (or agitator). Is this a simple repair of sliding the baffle in place and securing it with a nut and bolt, or a more complex repair with removing the drum and other parts to complete the repair correctly. Thanks

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  • Anonymous Aug 26, 2008

    I just gave the answer above, then found these instructions on another site:

    1. Remove the top cover of the washing machine.

    2. Disconnect the Vent Hose from the top of the outer tub assembly.

    3. Rotate the inner basket until the baffle lines up below the Vent
    Hose openning ... and there it will be, the screw to remove the baffle.

  • mgallegos Oct 14, 2008

    I have the same problem and cannot find a manual to show proper installation. Can someone help?

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    The instructions were fine, thank you. Clever how removing the hose provides access to the screw holes - good engineering.

    One thing - none of my baffles had screws in them, and the replacement part didn't come with a screw. The baffle does snap into place. I'll give it a try without the screws for now.

  • avjudge Mar 06, 2009

    I just replaced one drum baffle, and though I had to struggle to slide the baffle into place, it went and I put in the screw. 

    But I fumbled one screw and it went down between the inner & outer drums!  Now my machine makes noise on spin and I'm afraid the screw will chew something up. 

    How do I go about getting it out (which looks like much more major surgery)?



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The baffle basket, I ordered from sears for my Kenmore Elite he3t washer was a "new" design but the screw holes lined up. My baffle basket did not come with the screw either. I took out the screw from an existing baffle basket and found something close. Test it in the baffle basket before you try to install it. Be careful not to drop the screw or bit.

To replace the baffle basket. Remove top of washer using a screwdriver with a T20 torque bit. There are three screws at the rear. The top slides back about an inch and lift up. Place aside. Then you will see a hose going into the drum. Ignore the clamp, just squeeze the end going into the drum and work it out. Now you need to insert the baffle basket in the drum through the front door. It is easiest to rotate the drum so you are inserting it on the bottom. It slides in with the small end toward you and you must pull it forward. Hold the drum for leverage. Now rotate the drum so the new baffle is on top. You need to line up the screw hole and screw in a small screw. Replace the hose and top of washer.

Good Luck...

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  • carlralexand Mar 21, 2014

    Note: That hose is a little tricky. I had to replace my third baffle and I noticed that the hose had "worn" out. I must have pushed it in too far the last time. I ordered a replacement hose, too.




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Avjudge has a great solution. I used a pry bar or wonder bar to slide the baffle into place. I couldn't get enough leverage to snap it into place. I purchased some stainless steel screws from a local hardware store to secure the baffles. Our HE3 washer didn't have any screws securing the baffles to the drum. Surprise! Surprise!

Also - carlralexand has great advice as well. It really works. It was quite simple. Thanks for the advice about being careful with the screws.

I didn't need an addtional problem.



Posted on Feb 19, 2010



I bought the baffles locally and see there is a screw that goes through the drum. This tells me I'm going to have to get at the other side of the drum. I've ordered a manual from repairclinic dot com and saw somewhere on the web that this manual describes the process.

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