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Frigidaire FWT449GFS1 door boot removal


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#1 royk

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

Hello Appliantologists,

I wanted to take apart my Frigidaire FWT449GFS1 front load washer but my door boot/bellows is different than what is showing in the service manual (which is not specific to the model) The service manual shows the door boot held in with a spring - mine has no such spring. I was going to try to just peel off the bellows but thought I better check with the experts to see what I need to watch out for when I pry off the bellows. Tips, tricks?

Thanks, as always, for the advice.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:09 AM

Right, you have an old style.  Your door boot is glued to the front panel of the washer.   You will have to cut it at the lip with a razor blade or a sharp putty knife where it's glued.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:22 AM

Thanks Scott.  What kind of glue would you recommend for the re-attachment?


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:26 AM

You will have to replace the door boot once you cut the old one off. WHY do you want to take the machine apart?

 

Here is the correct service manual for your machine.

 

Page 75 explains how to install the new door boot.

 

http://www.emaservic...tionWashers.pdf


Edited by Scottthewolf, 27 February 2013 - 12:35 AM.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:29 AM

Thanks for the tips!


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:14 PM

Thanks for the manual Scott.  I want to tighten all the screws in the outer drum because I have a slight leak. I assumed that I would have to take the from off to get at all the screws that hold the two drum halves together.  But, since I now have to destroy a $60 part to do that, I think a Plan B is in order. Any suggestions?


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

Well, I popped the top and was able to get at most of the tub screws and tighten them a bit.  Will run a load and see if it helped.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:18 AM

Replacement door boot, if needed.  ==> http://www.repaircli...mber=FWT449GFS1

 

Door-Boot-Seal-5303937187-00891008.jpg

 

These are a real joy to install.  In typical Frikkidaire fashion, you'll wish you had a third arm growing out your chest.  



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:30 AM

And you don't have to replace these door boots just because you cut the glue points away to remove it!!!!

 

If you carefully cut each glue point with a razor knife there won't be any problems reattaching the old boot to the front panel.

 

Just a little drop of super glue at many points around the boot.

 

If you don't have a dryer stacked on top you should be able to get to all the tub bolts by removing the top panel like you have done and also the front access panel.  You should be able to get to all the bolts, a couple will be kind of a tight reach but not really that bad.

 

Snug them all up real good and most likely your leaking will stop.


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:04 PM

Well - so far so good. No more leaks and I didn't have to grow a third arm and replace the door boot!

 

Thanks to everyone for the tips! You folks are awesome.


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