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    • Part Number: AP2043227
    • MFG Part Number: WE12X83
    • Made by: GE
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My dryer is squeeking loudly. What is the easiest way to take the dryer apart to access the idler pulley, drum guides and rear bearing?

Carroll S. for Model Number General Electric Dryer Model #DPSR513EA2WW

ANSWER Hi Carroll. Top Panel Removal The top panel is held in place by two spring clips located at the front of the dryer and two tabs located at the back. To release the clips, use a stiff putty knife inserted between the top and front panel at the locations shown at right. Holding the putty knife in a horizontal position, push in on one spring clip to release that edge of the top. Repeat with the other clip, lift the top at the front and disengage it from the tabs at the rear. START HIGH MEDIUM FLUFF MORE DRY MORE DRY = PREFERRED REGULAR SETTING 80 MIN 70 60 50 40 30 20 LESS DRY LESS DRY COOL DOWN AUTOMATIC COTTONS AUTOMATIC PERMANENT PRESS TIMED DRY 3 Cycle Automatic Heavy Duty Large Capacity START TEMPERATURE Front Panel Removal The remove the front panel, disconnect power and remove the top panel. Once the top panel is off, remove the two Phillips screws, one on each side, located on the top inside edge of the front panel. Disconnect the two wires from the door switch.Starting at the top edge, pull the front panel forward. 3 guide clips align the front panel to the sides. Once the clips are released, lift the front panel to remove. Guide Clips Air Duct Front Panel Air Duct The front panel air duct is glued to the front panel. Should the air duct need to be replaced, an air duct seal will also be required. The foam air duct seal is gluded to the air duct and seals between the duct and the opening for the blower wheel on the blower housing. To replace the air duct or install a replacement front panel, remove the front panel, remove the lint filter, remove the 2 Phillips screws from the lint trap cover and remove the lint trap cover. Using a sharp knife, cut the adhesive between the air duct and the front panel. If reinstalling the original front panel, use a putty knife to remove as much of the old adhesive as possible. Apply adhesive along the edge of the air duct and position it on the front panel.Apply a bead of WH60X20 adhesive on the air duct seal and position it on the air duct. Reinstall the lint trap cover and filter, front and top panel. Door Gasket The door gasket is secured to the door panel by tabs. To replace the gasket, pull the old gasket off the inner door panel, align the new gasket tabs with the slots in the door and press the gasket into place. Door Handle The door handle is secured to the outer door panel by tabs. To replace the door handle, remove the door from the front panel and remove the screws from the sides and bottom of the door. Separate the inner and outer door panels. Release the tabs that secure the door handle to the front panel. Drum Glide and Upper Seal The drum glide is glued to the top outer edge of the door opening and is a part of the felt upper drum seal. To replace the drum glide/upper seal assembly, raise the top panel, remove the two Phillips screws on the front panel and pull the front panel towards you. Remove the old seal assembly and glue the new seal in place using WH60X20 adhesive. Reinstall the front and the top panels. Drum Glide and Upper Seal Lower Drum Seal The lower drum seal is glued in place around the outer lower edge of the door opening on the front panel. To replace the lower seal, remove the top panel and the front panel. Remove the old seal and glue a new seal in place. Reinstall the front and top panels. Rear Access Panel The rear access panel allows access to view the motor, centrifugal switch, idler pulley assembly, belt and belt switch. The panel is secured to the back by two Phillips screws. NOTE: Located on the rear of the dryer is a heat deflector shield. The purpose of the shield is to prevent someone from coming in contact with the hot part of the cabinet near the heater. If you remove the shield for any reason, make certain to reinstall the shield upon dryer reassembly. Rear Access Panel Heat Deflector Shield Mini Manual 8 Dryer Drum Removal To remove the dryer drum, disconnect power and remove the top and front panels. Next, remove the yellow spacer/bumper attached to the top cross brace by a Phillips screw. Drum Spacer/Bumper Remove the drive belt from the motor drive pulley by reaching under the drum from the front or through the rear access opening. Once the belt is loose, the drum must be lifted straight up to disengage the drum shaft from the drum bearing. Once the shaft ball is above the drum bearing cup, pull the drum forward through the cabinet opening. Drum Shaft Drum Bearing Drum Shaft The drum shaft is attached to the drum by three Torx screws. To replace the drum shaft, align the mounting holes and use a piece of tape to hold the shaft in place while installing the Torx screws from inside the drum. Thoroughly lubricate the shaft ball with Lubriplate or a high quality lithium grease. Drum Vanes All three dryer drum vanes are replaceable. Each vane is attached to the drum by two Phillips screws. Drum Bearing The drum bearing mounts to the inside rear of the dryer cabinet by means of a sheet metal bracket secured by two 5/16” screws. To replace, remove the two screws holding the bearing to the back of the dryer. Note: A small steel ball is used to keep the shaft aligned in the bearing. Thoroughly lubricate the new bearing with lithium grease and reassemble.NOTE: If necessary, the drum shaft and bearing are available as a kit under the part# WE25X10001. The kit contains the drum shaft, shaft bearing, mounting brackets, a steel ball, screws and a tube of Lubriplate, a high quality lithium grease. Thank you. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Friday, July 15, 2011

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