Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair1- 2 hours
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
I first unplugged the machine from the power source, then needed to figure how to gain access to the inside. I looked on the back, no opening except the belt tensioner panel. I seen two screws at the bottom of the front cover. I removed those and the panel came off revealing the inside components to the machine. I remove the wires connected to safety switches for the door. I moved the panel away and off to the side.
I took my screwdriver and started removing the screws that held the vent cover to a cross member, what looked to hold the front of the drum in place. After that cover was removed, I could see the blower cage attached to the end of the drive motor, and I gave it a little turn. I had noticed the cage moved, but the motor shaft did not. I looked at the end of the shaft and could see a retaining clip was present, and wondered why the blower wheel was so loose?
So I proceeded to remove the end clip and remove the blower wheel from the shaft, I noticed that the blower wheel was broken. I use a replaceible tip screwdriver, pliers, and needle-nose pliers.