How to Remove a Kenmore Washing Machine Tub

If you start to notice a foul smell coming from your washing machine, it may be time to clean between the inner basket and tub. Once you know how to remove a Kenmore washing machine tu,b you will be able to clean the washer tub thoroughly and eliminate any foul odors. The typical do-it-yourself homeowner can remove the tub with little aggravation.

Step 1

Unplug the Kenmore washer from the wall outlet to disconnect the power to the unit.

Step 2

Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws at each end of the control console. After the screws are removed, flip the control console back into its service position. It will rest on its hinges against the back of the washer. If your control console has no hinge, you will need to tilt it to unlock the tabs from the top panel and maneuver it out of the way without disconnecting any wires.

Step 3

Insert a screwdriver into the two slots on the top rear of the washer. Press in to release the retaining clips and pull the rear of the washer cabinet up. Grab the cabinet with one hand between the tub and cabinet and pull the cabinet away from the washer base.

Step 4

Unsnap the locking tabs that secure the inner basket tub ring to the tub. You should be able to do this with your fingers but you may use a screwdriver if necessary. One of the tabs is a locator tab and it is narrower then all the others.

Step 5

Insert a screwdriver in the slot between the agitator and agitator cap. Twist the blade of the screwdriver slightly to pop the cap off. Remove the inner cap that is just inside the agitator.

Step 6

Use a socket wrench to remove the bolt that secures the agitator to the tub. On direct-drive washers, there will be an agitator clutch within the agitator. Pull straight up on both pieces of the agitator to remove it from the tub. If you pull from the bottom portion, the agitator can be removed in one piece without removing the agitator clutch.

Step 7

Use a spanner wrench to loosen the spanner nut on the spin tube of the inner basket. If you do not have a spanner wrench, use a pair of pliers to turn the nut while expanding the drive block with a large flathead screwdriver.

Step 8

Lift the inner basket straight up and completely out of the tub.

Step 9

Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the outer tub to the washer. There are two screws and a spring that secure the tub in three different locations. Lift the outer tub out and away from the Kenmore washer base.