Is the idler pulley (AP3094197), supposed to rotate inside the plastic / steel?
Answer Hello Dave,
The idler pulley should be the equivalent to one piece with its' bearing, (the center part that is metal). If the plastic spins on the metal, the pulley 279640 needs to be replaced.
My dryer is running very loud. I have it apart and do not see anything broken or worn out. What should I be looking for?
Answer Hello Clay,
Spin all of the rollers and make sure they spin freely. Make sure nothing is in the blower wheel. Make sure the belt has no obvious wear such as being frayed or thin areas where a pulley may have spun in it. Look around the outside of the drum for evidence of anything contacting the drum during operation. Spin the motor to check for a bad motor bearing which you can feel in the pulley when spinning it by hand. Otherwise, just look for anything that looks to be out of the ordinary, (discoloration, wear fragments on the main base, etc.).
Hi, I just wanted to follow up on my previous question. Would you recommend replacing the shafts along with the pully kit that you recommended in the previous answer to my first question. If so, could you forward me the shaft part numbers and possibly installation instructions? Thank you!
If they have never been turned, I would not replace them. You can turn them to expose a fresh area to the wheel bearings and get the same life out of them again that you have gotten already. If you think about how the drum sets in between the wheels, they tend to wear only in one spot. When you flip them to expose an unworn area it has the same effect as installing new shafts.
Unfortunately, without your model number I cannot provide valid part numbers. As long as they haven't been flipped, I really don't believe you need them.
How do get to the idler pulley to replace it?
Answer Peter, You'll need to disconnect power to the dryer, remove the lower front access panel (two spring clips in the seam between the lower panel and upper front panel/door assembly) set the panel aside. You may want to lay a towel or pad on the front frame of the base. Push the idler arm towards the motor pulley and slip the belt off the motor. With a small flat blade screwdriver, pry the triangular plastic retainer clip off the end of the idler shaft, and remove the washers and pulley, clean the shaft with a wrag, lubricate the shaft with high speed oil( 3 in 1 oil works) and reverse the procedure. Thanks and Good Luck