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MDE6400AYW Maytag Dryer - Instructions

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Door catch broken

  • Customer: Martin from Grapevine TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Push new catch in the opening, close the door and VOILA! the door stays closed. Please note that the cost of this part is exorbitant- it's worth about 50 cents but with shipping it cost about $11.00. Check your local hardware store first.

Right rear drum roller making a squealing sound

  • Customer: Randall J. from Shreveport LA
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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The first time I followed the video on here to determine whether it was the belt making the noise only to find out it was the right rear drum support roller and not the belt making the noise. I greased the shaft and put it back together which only temporarily fixed the problem. When I ed it, I misunderstood how to use the flat screw driver to fix the front drum felt sticking out and damaged the felt. I ordered the Drum Support roller kit and a new drum felt seal. After disassembling it again and installing the new right rear Drum support kit and installing the new front drum felt I started the reassembly. Like most things in life if you know how it's done it's easy but I wrestled with getting the new front Drum Felt to fold back and install inside the drum properly. This was the hard part for me. I needed one more hand to lift up drum, push in the front panel and get the rubber seal to set against the face of the blower assembly. A few choice words later, I finally figured out haw to get it all to go back together properly and properly use the flat bladed screw driver to push the felt seal back and seat. Dryer is back working like new.

Male door latch would no longer catch.

  • Customer: Joan from North Myrtle Beach SC
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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After ordering the part, I read the information left by other users. I used a screw driver to pop out the piece, and then put the new latch in the opening. A gentle pop with the side of my hand, and the door latch went right into place. Who knew there was a second door latch on the other side that could've been used?

Auto-dry intermittently failed to shut off, clothes got very hot

  • Customer: Marshall from Coos Bay OR
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Very clear troubleshooting guide and repair instructions in the on-line manual. It would have been a walk in the park except one crimp-on connector was corroded and broke off as I was removing the old part ... that could have been my problem. I didn't have a replacement connector the right size, so I soldered the wire to the terminal. Works great!

The short dryer baffle broke off and needed to be replaced.

  • Customer: Nick C from San Carlos CA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
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At the top near the corner of the Front dryer panel are two 5/16" hex head screws that need to be removed. Pull back on the panel and two of the same screws are seen on each side. remove the lower set. on top of the top panel in the back corners are two plastic caps. Remove them. Using a 3/8" nut driver, reach in and remove the 3/8' screw on both sides. Now the top panel can be lifted up enough to see the screw holes in the dryer drum. Have someone hold the baffle in place inside the dryer drum. Insert a 1.5" - #10 hexhead screw into the hole through the drum and into the pre-drilled hole on the baffle. Tighten using a 5/16" nutdriver. Make sure it is snug but do not overtighten as you could strip out the plastic.Repeat on the second screw and then put everyting back together in reverse order and you're done. SIMPLE!!

Dryer squealed & thumped and thermostat didn't heat clothes

  • Customer: Clare from Stow OH
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
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Removed the front screws below dryer door panel; lift up the entire front of the dryer. Set door aside, disconnect the wires from the door. Took a pic. so I'd remember where yellow and white wires were located Using a forehead flashlight freed up my hands for easy repair. Identify the thermostat that needed replaced, removed 2 wires and 2 screws that secured it to the barrel. Jot down or take a pic. of where the wires belong. Replace thermostat, reconnect screws and wires. Job one done.Took 15 minutes. Next job entailed replacing the drum roller and shaft. With the front panel off, you'll find 4 screws that support the tumbler barrel. Remove the screws, remove tumbler support. On the back of the dryer is an entry where the belt runs through. You need to release the belt from its pulley. Once removed, go back to the front of the dryer. Push the belt out of the way so you can pull out the barrel (roller). Make certain you remember (take a pic.) of how the belt was threaded. Once this is done, pull out the tumbling barrel and locate the 2 wheels that need to be replaced. This is easy. Remove the bolt from behind the shaft, take the clip off the front of the old wheel and insert new shaft and wheel. Repeat for the second roller and roller shaft. One is a little more difficult to access than the other. Once completed, put barrel back into the front of the dryer. Reconnect the dryer belt. I found it helpful to have a second person nearby so as to turn the barrel for me so I could get things centered. Make certain the flat side of belt is on the barrel. Otherwise, belt will break. Put drum support back on, connect with the 4 screws. Reconnect yellow and white wires on front panel. Put panel in place and you're good to go. The belt was what took the longest for me as it needed to be put in the proper position. Dryer works like it's brand new now!

Replace two baffles

  • Customer: William from Brunswick ME
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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I followed the instructions and the video that accompanied the replacements parts I received. First I unplugged the dryer. I then removed the two screws that attach the door and set the door aside, then two screws and clips on the latch side. I removed the screws that attached metal clips on the left and right side of the panel at the top, where it comes together with the top of the dryer. That allowed me to pull the front panel forward and to lift it off the tabs at the bottom of the panel, and I set that aside. I was then able to lift the top and lean it against the back wall, exposing the drum. From there it was easy to rotate the drum to find the holes to align the replacement baffles, and I installed them using the existing screws that I was able to locate inside the dryer at the bottom where they had fallen. (you can purchase replacement screws but they are expensive - you can probably get the same type screws from Home Depot or Lowes) I then reversed the steps and made sure I snugged up all of the screws, plugged it in and it worked.

No heat

  • Customer: Brian from Waynesboro PA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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An underwire from a bra shorted the element out. After unplugging the dryer i removed 4 screws from the front (accessed with the door open). Gently closed the door and popped the front off. I did a continuity test on the 2 spade connectors at the end of the element. No continuity= bad element. Keep track of where the wires go before disconnecting them. Remove the 2 mounting screws with a 1/4" nut driver and remove the element. Piece of cake!

Dryer was making a squeeling sound

  • Customer: Louis from Floresville TX
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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In a nut shell ,unplugged dryer, removed front cover and door. Removed snap ring , lifted drum a little, removed old roller, installed new roller replaced snap ring . Replace door and front cover and plugged it back in.

Dryer noisy, burning rubber smell.

  • Customer: Daniel from Fairview NC
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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Never repaired a dryer before. Looked at video clips on YouTube - invaluable. Highly recommend others do the same when figuring how to disassemble and reassemble.

making squeaking noise

  • Customer: Richard from Winona MN
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
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The vidio was very helpful,it showed exactly how to do the work

Worn felt drum seals

  • Customer: Chris from Glen Cove NY
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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I highly recommend inspection/repair of the felt drum seals when performing the belt replacement or any other repair. The felt is not glued into place. You need to gently lift each individual metal tang on the felt supports to remove the old felt. Gently prying the tang from the felt side with a screwdriver works well. (don't bent the tang too far, just enough to remove the old felt. Once the old felt has been removed, install the new felt by placing the felt in position under the tang, and press the tang back into position. The rear felt should be started clockwise, and the front felt started counterclockwise. This is to insure the overlap of the beginning and end of the felts are correct (the drum rotates clockwise). The felts need to be flared out (flexed over the metal tangs) to allow the drum to be re-installed. You will have to kind of fight the drum back into position, as the new felts are not worn in. (Don't forget to put the drive belt around the drum before installing the drum and the front ring!) Reassembly of the drum and front ring will be somewhat difficult. The felt will be pushing against the drum. Once the drum and front ring are re-installed in the cabinet, make sure the drum seals are properly set by pushing the felt outward along the drum's outside edge from inside the dryer. The side of the felt should rub against the drum. You should not see the top edge of the felt.

Dryer was making a screeching sound

  • Customer: Cheryl from Bensenville IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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After watching the on-line video associated with the idler pulley wheel and bearing, we took the dryer apart, removed the idler pulley wheel and bearing (both - although only one was bad), replaced it by just slipping it on and replacing the locking washer (that part took some time because we didn't have the proper tool). The drum support roller didn't even seem to be bad, but we replaced that also - just slipped the old one off and slipped the new one on. The belt was a little more difficult - to make sure it was all in the correct space (we made sure we marked the front of the drum when taking it out so we put it back the same way). We did not even have to disconnect any of the electrical connections - just layed the front panel to the side. I probably spend an equal amount of time vacuuming the accumulated lint inside the machine as the actual part replacement took. The dryer works beautifully - I think I have already done about 8 loads of laundry since the repair and it isn't making a sound.

broken pulley & belt

  • Customer: Allen from osceola WI
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Watched the video and it was a breeze.

Terrible noise, Neighbors thought was my pet Lion.

  • Customer: Norman from Cocoa FL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Video Was necessary. Rem 4 screws inside Door Rim, 2 holding Frnt Panel,2 holding Top Clips. Lay screws in a pattern for the re-installation. Lift top for no good reason. Left arm & hand- LEARN BELT THREADING. Move belt over back structure. Rmv Drum, Chge 2 back rollers & 4 Washers, back w/drum, RE-THREAD BELT CORRECTLY, Rotate Drum CW till belt tracks old worn path. Re-inst Top clips, Front Panel, have a beer, Re-instl Door. Rotate Drum freely, Start up. 2nd beer if Belt Thread OK. 1/2" of Rear of Right back roller was worn away due to Lion screaming.
All Instructions for the MDE6400AYW
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