Archive for July 19th, 2010

Sears Kenmore HE3 Washer Teardown: Tub Grounding Connection

Tub Grounding Connection

Tub Grounding Connection

Before you pull the tub out of the washer, you must disconnect the ground wire from the bearing behind the pulley. This isn’t impossible… it just looks that way.

There’s a notch molded into the pulley that provides access to the ring terminal. IIRC, it’s a Torx T15 screw and there’s just barely enough clearance for a magnetic tip holder in there.

For some unknown reason, the tapped hole on our washer was filled with steel filings that clogged the threads. I ran the screw in until it stopped, backed it out, cleaned off the filings, and repeated until it came out mostly clean.

The picture is after a few cleaning passes; the screw came out covered with filings the first time!

Magnetized Screw

Magnetized Screw

The magnetization comes from the holder I used for the Torx bit, but it certainly was handy.

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