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?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
All three dryer drum vanes are replaceable. Each
vane is attached to the drum by two Phillips screws.
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