Introduction: Miele W1611 Door Seal Replacement
These are instructions on how to change the door seal on a Miele W1611 Novotronic Front Loader washing machine. I am an electrical engineer and I figured this out myself, copy these steps at your own risk.
Obviously unplug the power before you start and wait a few minutes for the capacitors to discharge.
On both sides of the lid are small plastic covers. Remove both and undo the screw (Torx bit). Remove them and then reinsert the screw with 1 turn, then push the screw back into the lid. There are slides that these screws tighten into, they hold the lid on.
Lift the front of the lid and slide it backwards enough to remove.
Remove the soap drawer completely.
Undo the 2 screws above and below the latch slot. Remove the big screw below the drum opening. Remove the retaining ring around the drum seal (depending on the model it might be metal with a spring, or plastic with a ratchet).
Pull the seal off the lip on the front panel.
Lift the control panel up and lie it on top of the machine. No need to remove any hoses or unplug any cables from it.
Open the drain plug flap at the bottom left of the front panel. You'll need this open to guide the pull ring through when you remove the front panel. Remove the 2 screws that hold the front panel on and tilt it forwards. Lift the front panel free of the locating pins on the bottom and guide the orange pull ring out of the front panel slot.
Lift the front panel free of the locating pins on the bottom and guide the orange pull ring out of the front panel slot.
Undo the screw on the drum retaining ring. It's tricky to get to. Remove the rubber hose at the top of the seal and pull the seal off.
Install the new seal in exactly the reverse method.