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MDE4000AYW Maytag Dryer - Instructions

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All Instructions for the MDE4000AYW
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Front drum Felt and front glide

  • Customer: Danny from Spiro AL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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The plastic neck of the dial skirt broke off.

  • Customer: Pete from Escondido CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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Very easy followed video of repair for part and it took 5 min. My kind of repair!Cost effective as well $4.95 + shipping. My wife was talking new dryer at $900. Yikes!!!

The post on the timer dial skirt cracked and wouldn't move the timer around the dial.

  • Customer: Bethany from Sumner WA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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After fearing that I would have to call a repairman or buy a new dryer, I took the model number off my dryer and went on line for replacement parts. I found your site and worked my way through the parts that I would need. The video showing how things are done was very helpful, eventhough this was a simple repair it was nice to see how to make the repair and helped confirm that I understood what I was doing. Thank you.

Dial/Knob broken.

  • Customer: Robert from Greendale WI
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Put together the parts in seconds and reattached.

paddle broke

  • Customer: Mamiko from Port Orchard WA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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very easy to install. thanks

Squeeking and rattling when loaded

  • Customer: David from Lena IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Removed 2 front panel screws and pulled out bottom to disengage top clips. Unplugged two light wires. Set front panel aside. Remove 4 screws that support the front drum support. Remove panel in back to reveal motor and belt. NOTE HOW BELT IT THREADED AROUND IDLER AND PULLEY. Remove belt from pulley. Remove front drum support and set aside Pulled out drum and set aside. NOTE ORIENTATION OF RIBS ON BELT. Remove snap ring on roller shaft inside of machine. Pull off roller and two washers. Replace 1 washer, 1 roller ,1 washer in that order. Replace snap ring. Replace glides on drum support while apart. Drill out rivets and remove glide assembly. Replace with new parts and put rivet in hole to align. Rivet into place. Make sure glide assembly is seated by forming it to front drum assembly. Align second hole and rivet together. Reassemble in reverse.

The part delivered did not fit

  • Customer: William from Estes Park CO
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required:
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It was the wrong size part but we needed to dry a lot of wet clothes expecting it to work, it was too big to fit. Eventually cut off the sides and allowed it to drop in the lint filter slot but with no support on the sides, allowed me to dry the clothes but still must search for the correct part.

the screne in lint filter was tore

  • Customer: Jack from Camden TN
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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put the new filter in Was a Breeze Thanks I got the filter in a feww days Thank again for your fast service

Worn out Lint filter

  • Customer: Josie from Los Altos CA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Just replaced the filter in the front door of the dryer. Part Select did an awesome job of getting the part to me in record time. Excellent experience.

Squeeking dryer drum

  • Customer: Robert from Henderson NV
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
The whole job was fairly easy. The on line video helped prepare me for what I would need to do. My best advice is buy snap ring pliers. Without the pliers I tried for over a hour to remove the snap rings for the drum rollers. With the pliers it took 10 minutes to remove and install the new parts. Money well spent. I replaced the drive belt only because it was a relatively cheap part and I knew I was going to have the whole dryer disassembled anyway, so why not.

rollers make squeek sound

  • Customer: william from pulaski NY
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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followed directions i saw on you tube

Screeching noise while running

  • Customer: Thomas from Newark DE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
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All of this repair can be done from the front of the dryer. There is no need to move it as long as access to the front is good. Unplug the dryer. Remove the two screws at the bottom of the front panel. Hinge the front panel upwards until the clips on the top disengage. Unplug the door switch (two single wire plugs)and remove the wires from the wiring guide on the front panel. Set the front panel aside. Remove the lint screen. Remove the door switch wires from the wire guide on the front drum support. Remove the four 5/16" headed fasteners connecting the drum support to the main body. Remove the front drum support by lifting it up slightly and pulling it towards you. Set the front drum support aside (now would be a good time to inspect the drum slides, they are little blue plastic rectangles riveted to the bottom of the front drum support where the drum rides, if the plastic is damaged or missing replace the slides as they are part of your noise issue as well). Push the belt tensioner towards the motor until you can slip the belt off one of the pulleys. Remove the drum. Now you can access the drum rollers. There are two and they should be replaced as a set. Remove the snap ring on each roller shaft and slide the roller and washers off. There should be a non-metallic washer on both sides of the roller. If one of them is missing it will cause a metal on metal screeching sound while the unit is running. Clean the shaft with solvent (brake clean, etc) and inspect it for damage. If it is damaged replace it. Apply a little heavy grease to both sides of the washers and the shaft and reinstall the drum rollers. Install the snap ring (I replace the snap rings instead of reusing the old ones to ensure a snug fit). Reinstall the drum. Position the belt on the drum, tensioner, and motor. Reinstall the front drum support, making sure to line up the holes. Place the door switch wires in the wire guide on the front drum support. Place the door switch wires in the wire guide on the front panel and reconnect them to the door switch. Install the front panel and reinstall the front panel screws. Plug in and test run the dryer.

Screeching noise while running

  • Customer: Thomas from Newark DE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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This repair can be made entirely from the front of the unit, so long as access to the front of the unit is good. Unplug the dryer. Remove the two front panel screws (bottom front of the panel). Hinge the front panel upwards along the top seam until the clips disengage. Unplug the door switch and remove the wires from the wire guide on the front panel. Set the front panel aside. Remove the wires from the wire guide on the front drum support. Remove the four 5/16" headed fasteners for the front drum support. Lift the front drum support upwards slightly and remove it front the unit. On a workbench use a 1/4" drill bit to drill the heads off the rivets that hold the drum slides (or glides) to the front drum support. Remove the slides and cork pads, or what's left of them. Thoroughly clean any residue from the mounting areas with solvent (brake clean, goof off, etc). Instal the new cork pads and plastic slides lining up and riveting one side, then the other. Now is also a good time to scrape any hard to get lint out of the exhaust well. Compressed air and a plastic scraper work well for this. Reinstall the front drum support, taking care to line up the holes. Place the door switch wires back in the wire guide on the front drum support. Reinstall the door switch wires in the wire guide on the front panel and plug them back into the switch. Reinstall the front panel and fasteners. Plug in and test run the dryer. Note: given the age of these machines it is a good idea to replace the drum rollers and washers at the same time as the drum slides. If one side of the system that keeps the drum running true has failed the other side has likely been damaged as a result. Having the parts on hand and at least inspecting them will save you the frustration of not fixing the issue and having to take the machine apart again. Also, noise related to the drum guidance system tends to start 10-20 minutes after the machine is started, and get worse as it runs. If the noise starts immediately the problem is more likely the belt. Again, given the age of the machine if you want to make sure you fix all possible weak points at once having a belt and tensioner on hand while doing the repairs is a good idea. I find you can fix all the age related failure issues at a cost much less than 1/2 that of a new machine of comprable quality.

crack in plastic

  • Customer: Linda from Sammamish WA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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After watching a very helpful video provided by partselect I pulled the dryer knob off, took it apart and replaced the timer dial skirt with the new piece. This was a very easy and inexpensive fix. The video showed me that I could do this without calling a repair service.

The idler pulley bearing had gotten squeaky and bearing grease did not solve the problem

  • Customer: Kevin from American Fork UT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
I replaced the idler pulley and arm. I had broken down the dryer before to find the source of an annoying squeaking problem. At that time I lubricated the bearing with some hi-temp bearing grease; that worked for awhile but was not permanent. Needing to do it again, I ordered the replacement parts off the PartSelect site using the provided diagrams and parts. [Very nice.] I then checked the videos tagged to each of the parts to make sure I was doing everything right. Everything went back in perfectly. The site is very useful and very helpful. Thanks.
All Instructions for the MDE4000AYW
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