Washer Repair – Replacing the Bellow (LG Part # 4986ER0004G)


Hi, it’s Steve. Today we’d like to show you how to change
the door bellows on your front load washer. It’s a really easy job. All we’re going to need is a number two Phillips
screwdriver and a flat blade screwdriver. If you have a seven millimeter nut driver,
that’ll be handy. We’ll also need a pair of slip-joint pliers
and a pair of locking pliers. Let me show you how we do it. Now, before we begin this repair, we will
need to disconnect power to the washer so simply unplug it. Now, our first step will be to remove the
main top. There are two screws located at the back,
we’ll remove those first.Then just pull that top back about an inch and then we can lift
it up and set it to the side. Now, next, we’ll need to disconnect the wire
harnesses that go up to the control panel. Just release the little harness retainers
first and then separate each of the individual harness connectors by depressing the locking
tab and separating them. Next, we’ll pull the soap drawer out and we’ll
depress that tab at the center at the back to release it and pull it completely out and
set it aside. We’ll next remove the two screws that secure
that end of the control panel. Some models have a screw on the back.The right-hand
end of that control panel, you’ll need to remove that if your model has it. Then there are some locking tabs across the
top of that console that we’ll need to release. Just lift up while pulling towards. Once it released, we’ll just lift up gently
on it to disengage it from the front panel and pull the wire harnesses through that opening
and we can set the console aside. Now with the console removed, our next step
will be to open the door up and we’ll disengage that door boot from the front panel.There’s
a little spring at the bottom. We’ll take our flat blade screwdriver just
when you’re tuning the spring and the door boot and pry that spring away. That will release the band clamp. Now, set that aside and then just peel that
door bellows away from the front panel. We’ll just tuck it into the opening. We’ll also want to remove the two screws that
are attached to the door latch. Set those aside. We can close that door back up.Next, we’ll
open this automatic access door for the drain pump. Now, with the door removed, we’ll next just
dislodge that drain hose from a clip and we’ll remove the single retaining screw at the bottom
and you can pull that assembly right out. Set that aside. That gives us access to the single Phillips
screw at the bottom on the front panel. Remove that. Now, our next step will be to remove these
screws across the top of the front panel. You can either use your Phillips screwdriver
or your seven millimeter nut driver on those.Now, support that front panel and doors assembly
when you remove the last screw. Now, just tilt it forward and then lift it
off the base and set it aside. Next, we’ll disconnect the hoses that are
attached to that door bellows and depending on your model, you may have a single one on
the top or bottom. This one has two on the top as well as one
on the bottom and a sensor as well. Remove the sensor, we’re just going to push
that up in the inside. It’s just a friction fit in there. To remove the hoses, we’ll use our pliers. Squeeze those clamps, slide them up the hose,
and then pull the hose off of the old bellows.If you have one at the bottom, you’ll need to
remove that as well. Next, we’ll need to release the spring that
secures the band clamp around the perimeter of that door bellows and that attaches it
to the top. Again, we’re going to use a flat blade screwdriver
and we’ll go in between the spring and the bellows and just pry out on that enough to
release the tension. Once you have that started, you can remove
the clamp and set that aside. Then just peel the door bellows away from
the outer tub. Now, before we can install our new door bellows,
we will need to transfer these two fittings from the existing one.Using our pliers, take
the clamp off of the lower grain nipple. Just pull that out of the old boot and if
need be, use your flat blade screwdriver so you can pry it. Chances are that would be filled up with some
crutch so you need to clean that out as well. Now, to remove that fitting from the top,
you may need to use your flat blade screwdriver and just carefully go in underneath. You’ve got to break the bond of the fitting
to the rubber then pull it free. You can then discard the old boot. Before we install this one on a new boot,
we’ll make sure that both openings are free and clear.Then we’ll fit it in through from
the inside. If you wish, you can lubricate that with just
a little bit of liquid detergent. Now, that we’ve applied a little bit of liquid
detergent to the rubber, we can slide that fitting in a little easier
and push it all the way through so that the little locating tabs
line up with the slots in the rubber.We’ll do the same with the bottom. We’ll put a little bit of lubrication on that
rubber. Just slide that fitting into place. Reinstall the clamp and now we’re ready to
install the new bellows onto the outer tub. Now, we need to make sure that we have that
groove here fit into the slot all the way around the face of the tub and also make sure
that that indicator tab is pointing straight up. Just wind that bellows up again making sure
that we have that tab drop-dead center and we’ll fit the other portion of that bellows
underneath the lip of that tub and the V channel all over the edge.This just does take a little
bit of time to install properly so don’t get in a hurry. Now, to help with installing that door bellows
on the tub front, we suggest that you put a little bit of thin liquid detergent or a
spray type of cleaner just enough to make it slide a little easier and you can put on
this surface of the tab or into the opening in the bellows itself. Where the bellow fits on there is that portion
of it. It’s going to go inside between the inner
basket and the outer tub. We need to make sure that we fit that in like
that all the way around. When we fit that inner portion between the
two tabs, the outer lip should lay flush against the face of the outer tub.I’ll just continue
to do that all the way around and now, we are ready to put the clamp on. Now that we have the door bellows centered
and it’s flush against the outer tub, wrap the band clamp into that little V groove. We need to make sure that the clamp sits firmly
in the V all the way around. Then we’ll take a pair of locking pliers which
is going to grasp the edge of that spring. With a screwdriver or a pair of needle nose
pliers, we can hold the top loop and we’ll just pull it upwards on that spring without
pulling out. We want to make sure that that clamp stays
in place and then we’ll hook the loop of that spring over the hook.Then just check all the
way around, make sure that the clamp is still in place. Now, we can reconnect the hoses. On this model, we’ll install that sensor first. We’re just going to fit that into that opening. Make sure it’s flush. Next, we’ll install the two inlet hoses at
the top, then we reposition the clamps, hold them in place, and then we’ll connect the
drain one on the bottom. Make sure that we have cleaned this bottom
drain to boat and if you need to, just release the clamp and pull it completely off the tub
cover then flush it out. To reinstall it, we’re simply going to squeeze
that clamp and then fit that nipple into the hose.Make
sure it’s up, doesn’t snug, and now we can reinstall the front panel. We’re now ready to put the front panel back
on. Start by lining up the slots on the bottom
of that front panel with the little tabs on the base and we’ll tilt it into position and
then we’ll secure it with a couple of screws across the top. Our next step will be to install the mounting
screw at the bottom of the front panel. Tighten that securely and we’ll put the insert
in. Slide the hose through the opening. Install the retaining screw. We snap that hose into the clip click and
put the door in place and latch that.Next, we’ll open the door up and we’ll position
the door latch. Just line it up in the opening then install
the two retaining screws. Next, we’ll position the door boot. We need to make sure that the V of that door
boot fits into that channel on the front panel. When it’s fitted properly the outer lip of
that door bellows will lay flush against the front panel. Let’s go way around that to make sure it’s
tight. Next, we’ll install the band clamp. We’re going to position that spring at about
the six o’clock position. This will fit the wire of that band into that
groove as far around as we can get.Then we’ll take our pliers, we’re going to grasp that
hook at the end of that wire band then we’re going to pull it towards us to stretch the
spring while we fit the rest of the wire in. Make sure that you pull the spring towards
you and not away from the front panel. Make sure it fits in that little groove all
the way around. Now, we can continue to put the screws in
at the front panel and make sure that we tighten these all securely. Next, we can put the console back on. We will start by putting the wire harnesses
through that opening, and then we’ll line up those tabs in the bottom with the slots
on the top of the front panel. Make sure that’s sitting flash.Then we can
grasp that top of the console and snap it onto the mounting bracket. Make sure all those locking tabs engage. Next, we’ll put the two screws in by the soap
box. If your model had the retaining screw on the
right hand corner, we install that next. Soap box and then you wire harness connectors. Make sure the locking tabs engage on these. Then set that harness under the restrainer,
then we can put the main top on. We’re going to lay that both an inch back
from the console. Make sure it lays flat, push it forward to
lock in into those little stubs then install the two retaining screws at the back. Now, we can push the washer back into position. We’re now ready to reconnect our inlet hoses
and the power and our repair is complete.

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