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Re: squeaky dryer

Posted By: Tony Snook
Sunday, 5 December 1999, at 5:13 p.m.

In Response To: squeaky dryer (DAWN PARDO)

I like to keep the old appliances going for as long as possible so I've had some experience patching dryers. I have found that the three dryers I've had over the last 30 years and three kids have had the same problems so I would think yours would be similar. The dryer drum is attached in the back and rides in a bearing of some sort. The ones I've worked on had bronze bushings. The front of the drum rides on a couple of plastic pads. The drum is driven by a flat belt similar to the serpentine belts used on newer cars. The belt is kept tight by a spring loaded arm with a tension pulley. Check inside the door and under the front of the dryer top. If there are screws you should be able to remove them and lift the top. If there are no screws, try inserting a table knife or stiff putty knife between the top and front panel of your dryer and pushing in a little bit on a couple of clips which will release the top so you can raise it up. The first thing I would try is to apply a dab of silicone grease to the area along the front of the drum where it slides on the plastic pads. It won't take much. Then spray a small amount of WD40 on the area where the belt contacts the drum. Put the top back down and try it. If that doesn't do the trick you'll need to remove the drum and lube the back bearing, the tension pulley, or the motor. It's kind of tricky but with patience you can silence the roar. PS If you tackle the job of fixing it yourslef, clean all of that link from inside the dryer cabinet. It can be a real fire hazard. Tony

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