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MDE6400AYW Maytag Dryer - Instructions

All installation instructions for MDE6400AYW parts

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All Instructions for the MDE6400AYW
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Baffle came off

  • Customer: Teddy from Boca Raton, FL
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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followed the instructional video and it was very easy. Videos are great

Dryer was making a metal on metal grinding noise as the drum turned, but only through maybe 45* of its rotation.

  • Customer: Clarence from Howell, MI
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Removed the door, the front panel and the lint screen panel (easily done with a nut driver and a screw driver - 2 screws on the door and 8 screws for the panels). Tilted the top of the dryer open to see the drum. Turned the drum by hand and heard the same noise. Examined the felt pieces that insulate/isolate the drum from the front cover that retains and positions the drum. They were worn some, but intact. Noticed that one the the two front glide kits the the drum rides on (these are riveted to the bottom of the front panel mentioned above)was completely worn through allowing metal on metal contact. Ordered a new glide kit (about $20 including shipping - 3 days to arrive). Drilled out old rivets and removed what was left of the old glide kit. Installed new glide kit using the 2 rivets that came with the cork and 'teflon'? This took maybe 15 minutes. Reinstalled all covers and took it for a test run. No noise. Wife thinks I'm a hero!

No Power

  • Customer: John from Bel Air, MD
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Installing the new switch was a snap. With the dryer unplugged, open the top using a putty knife to release the 2 clips - one on each side. Lift the top and support it to stay open. Next, note the wire color and location for each of the 3 wires. Remove each wire from its prong on the bad switch by gripping the connector with pliers and pulling off. Next remove the bad switch by squeezing the tabs on the sides of the switch to release it. The switch removes to the front of the dryer. Install the new switch in the same method and reconnect the wires as before making sure the colors go back on the same prongs. I had to replace one of the connectors with a larger one (that came with the switch) since one of the prongs on the new switch was larger than the orginal (bad) switch. To do this, I cut the old connector off, stripped the end of the wire, and crimpted on the new connector. I had to be careful not to waste too much wire since there was very little slack to work with.

Noise when tumbler was rotating

  • Customer: Darrell from Weston, WV
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Actually I followed the installation instruction video provide by this website. Instruction videos are excellent for those of us that don't do this very often. Also, I would like to comment on how fast my part was delivered. I ordered it online one afternoon and it was at my door the very next morning.

Squeeky bearings

  • Customer: James from Gainesville, GA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Followed the videos associated with the parts. NOTE: two videos showed turning the belt smooth side toward the drum, one showed it ribs toward the drum. Important thing is to assure the ribs fit into the grooves on the motor pulley with no twists in the belt.

Door Latch broken

  • Customer: Eugene from Arlington, TX
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Ordered part ( door latch ) flowed instructions easily fixed same.

Rodent entered through vent, chewed through outlet duct assembly and vent screen

  • Customer: Donald from Danville, KY
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench (Adjustable), Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Removed door. Removed screws from outlet duct assembly except for 2 hidden screws that were only accessible from inside the dryer between the drum and outer assembly. Had to pull back the felt between the two units to access the hidden screws. Used 1/8" welding rod to stabilize the outer drum unit so it wouldn't fall. Removed the hidden screws. Carefully found two screw receptacles and working only by feel, was able to install the two hidden screws. The rest of the assembly went smoothly, especially after marking where each screw went. Had to remove 3 wires from outer drum unit but marked them with letters signifying color and reinstalled easily. All in all, a very difficult job due to the two hidden internal screws. I would recommend a general handyman hire this job to a technician.

Broken baffle in tumbler

  • Customer: Kathleen from Newark, NJ
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
I watched an online do it yourself video that showed how to open the dryer cabinet. It was extremely easy. I unplugged the dryer. Unscrewed four screws and two hex nuts to remove the door and open the cabinet. Then unscrewed two hex nuts that held the broken baffle. Replaced the baffle. Screwed everything back together and the dryer is like new. Saved a lot of money not having to call a service technician. If you can turn a screwdriver, you can make this repair.

Door switch broke when I took the front off trying to get at the drum rollers.

  • Customer: Brian from Grand Marais, MN
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Took the front off, 4 nuts to remove drum support, removed drum, replaced roller, put it all back together reverse order. Popped the switch out pulled off wires and stuck new switch in replaced wires!

door would not stay closed/ mach turned off

  • Customer: jessica from marriottsville, MD
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
watched video ( thank you youtube) but did not have to take door apart - easy !

dryer screeching when drum turning

  • Customer: JOHN from Lafayette, IN
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
followed video instruction down to removal of drum, then removed circling, determined idler pulley bearing had worn and scored idler arm shaft, so ordered both. while dryer apart, I removed and regreased drum rollers, checked all sensors and cleaned out dust and lint from a decade of drying. everything went back together easily since I took good pictures with I pad.

knob replacement

  • Customer: tim from selma, IN
  • Difficulty: Really Easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
replace knobs only. shipped quicker than expected

Dryer Was Squealing While Running.

  • Customer: Rich from Brystol, CT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
The repair was relatively easy. You will need snap ring pliers to remove/install the drum rollers and a rivet gun to install the front guides. I also replaced the drive belt. I completed the repair myself, however it would be helpful if you had someone to hold the drum in place while you installed the belt. After a complete interior cleaning the repair took about 90 min.

noise and play on worn shaft from previous damage

  • Customer: George from St Petersburg, FL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
removed the dryer front then removed the drum. replaced the drum roller shafts and nuts. then reassembled the dryer. Note: only one shaft loose but replaced both while dryer dismantled.

dryer wouldnt start

  • Customer: kraig from eleva, WI
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Remove front cover of dryer and drum. Replace
All Instructions for the MDE6400AYW
526-540 of 685