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PartSelect Number PS11748353
Also known as a door boot seal.This part is used to keep the clothes inside the tub during the wash cycle. The folds in the bellow allow the tub to move separately from the door during the spin cycle.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
I discovered water leaking from the bottom of the door on our Kenmore front load washer. I did a little self diagnosis from the internet and found that this seems to be a common problem for front load Kenmore washers and that the ususal suspect is the large rubbery bellows. I examined the bellows on my washer and although I didn't find anything wrong with it, I couldn't find any other likely causes. I shopped around and found PartSelect to be the cheapest for the replacement part. Removal is easy by removing the lower front panel with three small screws on the bottom front, then remove the very top panel and then the top front control panel and finally the door panel. the bellows are actually held in place with a spring loop on the outer and a screw tightener on the inner, both are fairly easy to remove and the bellows comes right off. For installation my best advice is to lube the bellows with a small amount of dishwashing soap in the groove that fits on the washer tub. This will help it slide into place and enables a small amount of sliding fine tuning once it is on. From there it is just a reverse of the removal.
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Since most people do not replace bellows for a living, I have great instructions for you to follow. I found the entire repair manual on the web.Just follow the repair instructions as written. Two other suggestions, use a very small amount of liquid diswasher soap to lubricate the bellow when fitting it over the washer drum assembly, makes life a lot easier. Second, get a second pair of hands to help you hold the bellow in place as you mount it or you will find yourself "chasing your tail". Bellow replacement and tightening the door and latch fixed the problem. Mom was happy :)...PS the buying experience from PartSelect , part delivery, speed was perfect!
The top panel was removed, right side pulls out, left side has a lint drawer that pulls out exposing a phillips head screw. The bottom panel is removed by taking three screws out of the bottom, then the panel pulls down. Remove the additional screws (4) holding the door panel on. Loosen the band (phillipshead screw) holding the bellow on and pull the bellow off the channel. It also pulls off the door opening channel. Pull the new piece over the channels, tighten the band and reverse the removal procedure.
Remove outer retaining ring by pulling spring clip located at bottom of the seal. Push the bellows into the tub. Loosen the inner retaining ring clip (located on the left, facing the front of the machine) with a phillips screwdriver and guide the ring out. Remove the old bellows. Put in the new part with the tab on top and the drain holes on the bottom. Reinstall the rings. Kind of tedious but not complicated.
I followed the description on this site, my machine was slightly different, but the basic procedure was the same. The tip to apply a small amount of the liquid soap to the bellows was useful to ease installation. Make sure the holes in the bottom of the bellows align with the drain in the bottom of the washer. The portion of the bellows that attaches to the main body via the adjustable clamp can be done by a single person with two hands. The portion that attaches to the front panel with the spring-wire band is a four hand job. Position the bellows, attach / position the wire-band with the spring portion on the bottom. Starting at the top get your helper to hold it in position, using needle nose pliers stretch the last bit of the wire-band into final position.
I would recommend to remove the front loader door first. Then remove the clamp that holds the front of the bellow to the washer, Remove the top panel and then the front panel. Remove the band that holds the back of the bellow to the washer. Reverse the process to install the bellow. It helps to apply a little soapy water to make it easy to put the bellow on the track for both the front and back. It also helps to have four hands. Hope you have a friend or significant other.
once i figure out how to take off front panel it went quite smoothly also my wife gave me a hand putting the bellows on,her fingers were smaller so it was alittle easier for her
Looked how the old one came off and revearsed the process. Ordered the part, it was shipped right away and recieved it in three working days. Normal shipping too. Very pleased with the handling of my order.
Used suggestions on list - water to lubricate bellows and an extra hand to secure the bellows. Biggest challenge was seating the bellow that attaches to the rim of the outer tub. After getting the bellow lip seated the rest was fairly easy including the bellow seat that secures to the outer door assembly. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the bellow was the problem even though the symptoms - leaking under the door - was the same as noted on the list of problems. Had to order the dispenser-to-tub hose as that looks to be the problem (had to contort to follow the leak all the way up to the hose).
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