Washing Machine Power Cord Replacement - How do I remove cord grommet?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Carol, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. Carol

    Carol Guest

    I am trying to replace the power cord on a Maytag Automatic Washer
    Model A8650. The original power cord got chewed and frayed. The
    original cord enters/exits the machine through a small hole in the
    bottom of the console. The hole has the power cord wire going through
    the center of it, surrounded by a black plastic "cord grommet". The
    cord fits extremely snug in the grommet - to the point where you
    cannot slide it in either direction through the grommet. I have
    already opened the control panel and disconnected the wires so the
    ends are free, but I can't get the old wire out of the machine because
    it is so tight through that grommet. So, either 1) How do I get the
    old cord out of the grommet? or 2) How do I get both the grommet and
    the cord out of the machine? The grommet looks like it should be able
    to be popped out somehow, but I can't figure it out.

    Thanks,
    Carol
    Carol, Oct 19, 2003
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  2. Carol

    Quadrajet1 Guest

    << I am trying to replace the power cord on a Maytag Automatic Washer
    Model A8650. The original power cord got chewed and frayed. The
    original cord enters/exits the machine through a small hole in the
    bottom of the console. The hole has the power cord wire going through
    the center of it, surrounded by a black plastic "cord grommet". The
    cord fits extremely snug in the grommet - to the point where you
    cannot slide it in either direction through the grommet. I have
    already opened the control panel and disconnected the wires so the
    ends are free, but I can't get the old wire out of the machine because
    it is so tight through that grommet. So, either 1) How do I get the
    old cord out of the grommet? or 2) How do I get both the grommet and
    the cord out of the machine? The grommet looks like it should be able
    to be popped out somehow, but I can't figure it out.

    Thanks,
    Carol >>

    Most grommets can be removed or installed by grabbing it with a pair of
    pliers and squeezing it and thereby making it smaller, and then it pops out of
    the hole. The grommet is two piece (well, sort of). There is a part that is U
    shaped, and a smaller part that fits in the top of the U that completes the
    grommet. The two pieces are usually held together with a thin piece. Squeeze
    the smaller part towards the center, and the grommet comes out.

    Raymond
    Quadrajet1, Oct 19, 2003
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  3. Carol wrote:

    > I am trying to replace the power cord on a Maytag Automatic Washer
    > Model A8650. The original power cord got chewed and frayed. The
    > original cord enters/exits the machine through a small hole in the
    > bottom of the console. The hole has the power cord wire going through
    > the center of it, surrounded by a black plastic "cord grommet". The
    > cord fits extremely snug in the grommet - to the point where you
    > cannot slide it in either direction through the grommet. I have
    > already opened the control panel and disconnected the wires so the
    > ends are free, but I can't get the old wire out of the machine because
    > it is so tight through that grommet. So, either 1) How do I get the
    > old cord out of the grommet? or 2) How do I get both the grommet and
    > the cord out of the machine? The grommet looks like it should be able
    > to be popped out somehow, but I can't figure it out.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Carol


    I've had good results with squeezing these with a pair of slip-joint pliers
    (that have the roughly oval-shaped opening between the jaws). You'll need
    to do this on the side that's smaller, typically the inside, and then
    while squeezing, start to move it through the hole. They're a bit of a
    PIA, but real common in all sorts of stuff...
    Roy J. Tellason, Oct 19, 2003
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  4. Carol

    Quadrajet1 Guest

    << I've had good results with squeezing these with a pair of slip-joint pliers
    (that have the roughly oval-shaped opening between the jaws). You'll need
    to do this on the side that's smaller, typically the inside, and then
    while squeezing, start to move it through the hole. They're a bit of a
    PIA, but real common in all sorts of stuff... >>

    I just remembered, I have a tool that's made specifically made for strain
    reliefs. It's a Heyco model 29. I bet it's at least 40 years old by now.
    Quadrajet1, Oct 19, 2003
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  5. Carol

    JM Guest

    quoting:
    >I am trying to replace the power cord on a Maytag Automatic Washer
    >Model A8650. The original power cord got chewed and frayed. The
    >original cord enters/exits the machine through a small hole in the
    >bottom of the console. The hole has the power cord wire going through
    >the center of it, surrounded by a black plastic "cord grommet". The
    >cord fits extremely snug in the grommet - to the point where you
    >cannot slide it in either direction through the grommet. I have
    >already opened the control panel and disconnected the wires so the
    >ends are free, but I can't get the old wire out of the machine because
    >it is so tight through that grommet. So, either 1) How do I get the
    >old cord out of the grommet? or 2) How do I get both the grommet and
    >the cord out of the machine? The grommet looks like it should be able
    >to be popped out somehow, but I can't figure it out.
    >


    Squeeze the "cord grommet" with pliers.
    JM, Oct 20, 2003
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  6. Quadrajet1 wrote:

    > << I've had good results with squeezing these with a pair of slip-joint
    > pliers
    > (that have the roughly oval-shaped opening between the jaws). You'll need
    > to do this on the side that's smaller, typically the inside, and then
    > while squeezing, start to move it through the hole. They're a bit of a
    > PIA, but real common in all sorts of stuff... >>
    >
    > I just remembered, I have a tool that's made specifically made for
    > strain reliefs. It's a Heyco model 29. I bet it's at least 40 years
    > old by now.


    A special tool made for those things? Wow. I've never actually seen such a
    thing...

    Now I've gotta go and add _that_ to my list! :)
    Roy J. Tellason, Oct 20, 2003
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  7. Carol

    Quadrajet1 Guest

    >> I just remembered, I have a tool that's made specifically made for
    >> strain reliefs. It's a Heyco model 29. I bet it's at least 40 years
    >> old by now.

    >
    >A special tool made for those things? Wow. I've never actually seen such a
    >thing...
    >
    >Now I've gotta go and add _that_ to my list! :)
    >

    Try:

    http://www.morimiya.co.jp/eng/products/haisen/bushass.html

    It's the model R-29 tool. It's just one of them tools I found at a swap meet
    for a buck or two.

    Raymond
    Quadrajet1, Oct 21, 2003
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  8. Carol

    uk-hamman Guest

    HI
    REFERENCE YOUR WASHING MACHINE PROBLEM
    the simplest thing to do is , is to cut the wire / lead
    very close to either side of the grommet
    then simply use a sharp screw-driver and push the last bit
    that remains through andnthen simply withdraw the grommet


    failing that if you cannot push it out with a screw-driver
    drill the cable out , again once you have cut the cable
    either side of the grommet , as close as you can .

    cheers for now .
    hope you have luck

    de Paul
    uk-hamman, Oct 27, 2003
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  9. Carol

    Asimov Guest

    Re: Washing Machine Power Cord Replacement - How do I remove cord gromm

    "uk-hamman" bravely wrote to "All" (27 Oct 03 11:13:11)
    --- on the heady topic of "Re: Washing Machine Power Cord Replacement - How do I remove cord gromm"

    There is a special tool for intalling and removing them but a miniature
    "vice-grips" needlenose pliars can be used in a pinch.


    uk> From: "uk-hamman" <>

    uk> HI
    uk> REFERENCE YOUR WASHING MACHINE PROBLEM
    uk> the simplest thing to do is , is to cut the wire / lead
    uk> very close to either side of the grommet
    uk> then simply use a sharp screw-driver and push the last bit
    uk> that remains through andnthen simply withdraw the grommet


    uk> failing that if you cannot push it out with a screw-driver
    uk> drill the cable out , again once you have cut the cable
    uk> either side of the grommet , as close as you can .

    uk> cheers for now .
    uk> hope you have luck

    uk> de Paul

    .... No electrons were harmed in the posting of this message.
    Asimov, Oct 29, 2003
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