I think I did it with fewer steps and some common cents
1). Unplug the washer from electrical outlet.
2). Remove the door, front panel, and soap dispenser bezel
3). Remove the boot.
a). carefully prop up the top of the washer with a large bottle or box of soap.
b). Detach the boot from the washer fame or front.
c). Roll that spring that connects the cable tie forward and out of it's groove to easily detach the boot from the tub.
d). Disconnect the drain hose from the bottom of the boot
4). Install new boot.
a). Attach the front of the boot to the washer front or frame. This makes aligning things nice and easy and holds the boot in place.
b). Attach the boot to the tub, making sure the boot is perfectly seated in the groove around the tub bezel.
5). Install the cable tie.
a). Place the cable around the boot, carefully laying into the groove over where it seats onto the bezel of the tub.
b). Wedge the spring open using pennies
. Using 63 cents worth of pennies to wedge then into the spring open so it easily attaches to the cable tie.
- Do this by wedging one penny into each turn of the spring, then replace those pennies with a stack of 2 pennies, then go and replace most of those with a stack of three pennies. This is sufficient to stretch the spring out so that no tension is required to connect both ends of the cable together. Note:
The spring will curl into a "C
" shape as it is wedged with the pennies, but it is still very pliable and easy to install this way.
c). Install the spring connecting it to each end of the cable tie, being careful not to allow the cable to slip out of the groove.
d). Remove the pennies.
e). Attach the drain hose to the bottom of the boot.
6). Install the soap dispenser bezel, front panel, and door.
7). Plug in the washer and run a cycle to test for leaks.
P.S. I used pennies because I have no fancy tools to safely stretch the spring and connect both ends of the cable tie. I tried needle nose pliers and they always slip
. To avoid possible damage to myself or the washer, I decided to stretch out the spring using wedges rather than try using pliers.