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How to Replace Broken Baffles at a Front-Loading Washing Machine

In case your front load dryer begins shaking, makes an unusual noise or ceases agitating properly, at least one of those plastic baffles within the wax might have come loose or broken away completely. At first glance it seems that you must get rid of the drum to replace the baffles, however, this is a easy repair that anyone with basic DIY skills can carry out in about 30 minutes.

Pull the appliance away from the wall, then unplug the power cord, and turn off the cold and hot water supply valves.

Use a magnetized Phillips head screwdriver to remove the three screws securing the back of the top panel into the washer. Slide the panel back slightly and lift it off.

Reach within the opening and squeeze the sides of the black-ribbed hose where it connects to the top of the drum casing. Carefully pull it from the hole.

Push your finger into the hole and then turn the drum slowly until one recessed Phillips head screw appears; there must be one in every baffle place. Undo the screw using the magnetized Phillips head screwdriver and slowly lift it out, taking extra care not to drop the screw by bumping the screwdriver against the lip of the hole. Rotate the drum further and eliminate the two remaining screws the exact same manner. Note: Some models may not have factory-installed screws.

Open the washer door and then rotate the drum until among the baffles attains the underside. Use a rubber mallet to deliver a couple of heavy blows into the protruding paddle around the back of the baffle, driving it toward the back of the drum till it breaks loose. Once the baffle is dislodged, lift it out, together with any small pieces of broken retaining clips or tabs left in the bottom of the drum. Remove both remaining baffles the exact same manner.

Install the first baffle into the drum with the protruding paddle rearmost: Expand the retaining clips or tabs on the bottom of the baffle using the corresponding slots in the drum. The baffle must rest flush the drum surface. Grasp the back paddle and pull the baffle gently toward you until the retaining clips snap into position. Install both remaining baffles the same manner.

Rotate the drum along with your finger, then as before, and utilize the magnetized screwdriver to install the three new screws from the kit. Be careful not to drop any screws while doing this. Reinstall the black-ribbed hose eliminated before. Make sure that the hose’s flange creates a watertight seal around the hole.

Lift the top panel back onto the washer, slide it into position and secure it using the three screws removed earlier. Plug in the power cord, open the cold and hot water supply valves, and also push the appliance back against the wall to complete the project.

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