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Reinstalling the door boot bellows on a front load washer to the drum

Is there a procedure to reinstall the door boot bellows on the front load washer, (Kenmore 417.43042200) to the drum?
Appears the door bellows is glued to the door frame and not removeable. I have the drum hanging from the suspension springs and find it difficult to reattach the flanged recess groove in the rubber to the flange in the drum. Is there a lubricant that should used or am I going about this the wrong way? Also where should the spring retainer be placed during this procedure? Any help is appreciated.


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Joseph Perez
When replacing a major part on a washer I know how useful it can be to have detailed instructions to make the project much easier. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good tips to help you with your project. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 62,642 community points in Kenmore
April 28th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the washer. on this washer the bellows is glued to the front panel. To remove it you need to carefully cut it loose with a razor blade. Then you can remove it from the washer and inspect it for rips. If it is torn you need to replace it the part number for the new bellows is 5303937187 and can be ordered from our parts website:

Sears Parts Direct

. The new bellows has a spring clamp to secure it to the front panel instead of glue.

I am somewhat worried the might be a problem with the shocks on the bottom of the tub. If they break, the tub will flail around in the washer and bellows will come off the tub. To check the shock unplug the washer and remove the lower access panel. The first image below has the instructions for removing the cover. Once the cover is removed, inspect the shocks. Make sure they are connected to the base and the tub. If the shocks look fine you just need to install the bellows. I have added the instructions for replacing the bellows below. I will warn you, it can be difficult to install the spring. You might need a helper to hold the spring while you stretch it in position. If you are going to reuse the old bellow, just super glue it in a few spots on the front panel.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services


Please let me know if you need further assistance in the repair of the washer.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 31,257 community points in Kenmore
April 29th, 2011
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