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How do I repair the tub gasket on the font of my Kenmore Elite HE4t washer model 11045996400 that is disintegrated and leaking?

Pieces of this gasket break off with each wash. The washer now leaks into the stand. How can this be repaired and what parts are required? As this seems like a fairly significant design flaw, is Sears replacing this part? Thank you.

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Dave Kuhn
I think our next washer will be an top loader HE, or even an old fashion non-he top loader.
by Dave Kuhn
October 26th
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Lyle W
The repair of this door boot gasket is normally a repair that should be completed by a service technician. I will provide the repair procedure for this replacement. If you are completely confident in your technical ability to safely perform the repair, you may be able to replace the door gasket yourself. Here are the steps:

Unplug the washer to completely disconnect electrical power.

Unplug the wire harness connection to the control console as shown in the image below.

Remove the dispenser drawer and take out the screws shown below.

Remove the console.

Remove the spring clamp from the lip around the door.

Push the existing door boot into the tub of the washer.

Remove the wire harness connections to the door lock assembly or remove the door lock assembly from the front panel.

Remove the screws that secure the front panel to the washer as shown below.

You should now be able to remove the front panel. Pull it off and set it aside.

Remove the clamp that holds the existing bellows on the washer tub.

Secure the new bellows on the washer tub using the guide in the third image to make sure that it is properly positioned and secured with the clamp.

Reverse the above procedure to reassemble the washer. The biggest challenge in completing this repair will likely be replacing the spring clamp on the lip around the door opening. Start with the spring in the 12 o'clock position. Place the bottom of the clamp into the lip at the bottom of the door opening. Work the clamp into the lip of the door opening going up both sides of the door evenly. Stretch the clamp outward as you move upward to expand the spring at the top and snap the spring clamp into place. This will be a tight fit. It will take significant force to install this clamp.

You can order the replacement bellows from the

Sears PartsDirect

website. The part number is 8182119.

I understand your concerns about the failure of this part. I am not aware of a widespread problem with the failure of this part or any type of design flaw associated with this component even though it did fail in your particular washer. As experts on the Manage My Home website, our expertise is in home maintenance and repair. Although we cannot directly address your satisfaction concern over the early failure of this door seal gasket, we do want to put you in touch with the right people at Sears who can properly address this issue. Please call the Sears National Customer Relations office at 1-800-549-4505 regarding this parts failure.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
March 5th, 2009
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Dave Kuhn
Also the draining water pump is quite noisy anymore but still seems to work fine.
Dave Kuhn
Thank you for those excellent instructions. Our He4t, other than being about 10 years old now is leaking from the front bellows but it still works. I've had to remount the front left shock assorber that worked its way to disconnect from the tub. Of course the pre-pump filter gets junk in it all the time (It drains a lot of water when I removed the front plug to empty it - I am not sure if that is normal or not). Anyway, I am not sure its a good investment to spend $60 replacing the front bellows on a 10 years old machine or not? Last week the matching HE4 dryer failed and the control panel was bad and that part alone is about $215 +shopping. I just bought a Roper dryer fro $300 to replace it.
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