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.
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Step 1:

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.

Step 3:

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).

Step 5:

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.

Step 8:

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Install the new seal in exactly the reverse method.

This was sooooo helpful. Thank you VERY much :)

garybeck6 months ago

This instruction has been extremely helpful. However, getting the new seal back on the drum is another matter! I suspect it will take two people, one to hold half of the seal on the drum while the other half is stretched over the drum. It is like putting a tire back on a wheel.

mikie_121 (author)  garybeck6 months ago
I don't recall having any difficulty with getting the seal back on the drum. Have you loosened the drum retaining ring enough?
Thanks mikie with a little help I was able to install the seal successfully. You saved me $360 installation costs in Canberra Australia.

Hi mikie yes I removed the retaining ring. I'm assuming they sent me the right seal. I'll make another attempt.