When I start the dryer all is fine, but it seems after a short time when the dryer gets hotter its starts squealing and won't stop but when it cools off its fine until the heat kicks back in. Could it be the rear support rollers?
Answer Hello Spankey,
This can be caused by the drum rollers, (takes two 12001541), or the idler pulley 6-3700340. Be sure if you replace the rollers to use a dry paper towel on the drum roller shafts to remove the softener residue. If there is a worn place on the shafts you can loosen the 1/2 inch mounting nut and turn the roller shaft 1/4 turn and re-tighten. This gives a fresh spot for the roller bushing to ride. Never lubricate a roller in a dryer with a wet lubricant. Lint will stick to the lubricant and be drawn into the bushing and cause the bushing to fail faster than it will with no lubrication. If you must lubricate, you can use baby powder or corn starch. Never use graphite because if it makes its' way into the load, it will stain the material.
My dryer squeals when it starts then it quits.
Answer Hello Gary,
You either have a drum roller 12001541 failing or the idler pulley 6-3700340 is failing. I normally try to replace all of the above at the same time. Since they all last about the same amount of time, the others are not long before failure. Be sure not to use any wet lubricant inside the dryer. If you want to lubricate anything in there use corn starch or baby powder. Also, be sure to remove and trash any metal washers used on the drum rollers. The fiber washers come with the drum rollers for the purpose of eliminating the metal ones that contribute to normal operating noise.
I'm trying to find out if it's a good idea to put some lubricant on squeaky (screeching) drum support rollers. Is that just going to attract lint, especially if it's oil that I put on, or grease? Is graphite better? Is there a 4th option that's better yet? Also, I took them off and cleaned them with rubbing alcohol. Was that a good idea? Should I get fine steel wool instead?
Answer Hello Dan,
Since the bushings are impregnated with a dry lubricant, lubrication is not necessary. If you absolutely must lubricate, the only thing you can use that won't interfere with a satisfactory use of the unit is either baby powder or corn starch. I have done this for a very long time and found through personal experience that the bushings will last considerably longer with no lubrication at all. If you do use the dry lubricant, use as little as possible as the dry lubricant will oppose turning of the rollers which will in turn cause excessive belt wear.
When I clean the shafts and rollers, I use a dry paper towel. Do not sand them. I also stay far away from anything flammable inside the dryer cabinet so I recommend no alcohol. I know it dissipates quickly, but why chance it? It is, after all, inside your home.
I've received the rear drum rollers I ordered, #AP40088534. How do I install them? The instructions say remove the front panel. How do you do that? With it removed, is that all I need to do?
Answer Hello Tim. You will need to raise the top of the dryer and remove the screws securing the front panel to access and replace the rollers 12001541 in the unit. We will need your model number to help you with this. Please post your model number with a new question on the parts page. Thank you. http://www.appliancepartspros.com/modelnumber_locator.aspx
Does the back rollers have any effect on tumbler from spinnnig?
Answer Hello Sanford. Yes, if the rollers 12001541 do not work, then the drum will not turn properly. Hope this helps.