How to Replace a Laundry Center Washer Snubber Ring

 

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This DIY repair guide explains how to replace a washer snubber ring in a laundry center. Located at the base of the washer, the snubber ring provides flexible support to the leg and dome assembly, which holds and supports the tub. If the snubber ring wears out, the leg and dome assembly loses support, causing the tub to bang against the cabinet sides during the spin cycle. Replace a worn snubber ring with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This procedure shows how to replace the washer snubber ring in Kenmore, Frigidaire, White-Westinghouse, Crosley and Gibson laundry centers.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Snubber ring

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • #2 Square-head screwdriver
  • Wire hook
  • Crow bar
  • Block of wood
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

How to Replace a Gas Laundry Center Snubber Ring

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the laundry center. If the dryer uses gas, shut off the gas supply.

Step 2: Remove the washer front panel

Remove the 2 screws at the bottom of the front panel.

 

Slide the front panel down to disengage the mounting tabs and pull off the front panel.

Step 3: Remove the front access panel

Remove the mounting screws from the front access panel and pull off the panel.

Step 4: Remove the top washer panel

Disconnect the lid switch wires.

 

Remove the top panel screws.

 

Pull off the top washer panel.

Step 5: Remove the front suspension springs

Tilt the top of the tub forward and remove the front vertical and horizontal suspension springs. 

Step 6: Remove the snubber ring

Use a crow bar and wood block to pry up the leg and dome.

 

Use a wire hook to pull out the snubber ring.

 Warning: Never place your hand under the leg and dome assembly while it's raised.

Step 7: Install the new snubber ring

Position the new snubber ring with the arrow pointing up.

 

With the leg and dome assembly pried up, use the wire hook to slide the new snubber into position.

 

Lower the leg and dome assembly and pull the block of wood out of the cabinet.

 Warning: Never place your hand under the leg and dome assembly while it's raised.

Step 8: Reinstall the front suspension springs

Tilt the top of the tub forward and reconnect the horizontal and verticall suspension springs.

Step 9: Reinstall the top washer panel

Position the top washer panel on the washer cabinet and reinstall the mounting screws.

 

Reconnect the lid switch wires.

Step 10: Reinstall the front access panel

Position the front access panel on the laundry center frame and reinstall the mounting screws.

Step 11: Reinstall the washer front panel

Push the front panel mounting tabs into the mounting slots on the frame.

 

Slide the front panel up slightly to engage the mounting tabs and reinstall the mounting screws

Step 12: Restore power to the laundry center

Plug the laundry center into the wall outlet. If the dryer uses gas, turn on the gas supply.

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