I have a DG882 Dryer that is over 25 years old. I replaced the rear drum rollers and the front glide kit as part of a belt replacement over a year ago. Since then, the drum has gotten harder to turn and I have burned up 2 additional belts. The idler pulley spins freely and the machine doesn't make any extra sounds. Would you recommend replacing both the front and real felt to free up the drum?
Answer Hello Dave,
Since the front and rear seals put up little to no opposition to the drums rotation, I recommend checking the drum rollers and the idler pulley again. The use of softener sheets combined with even a slight exhaust duct restriction causes a deposit of animal fat to make the rollers shafts "sticky". This is usually the cause of the drum roller and idler pulley failures. You should also lubricate the glides with either baby powder or corn starch. These are both very good dry lubricants and will not stain any thing if it gets into the wash.
On startup there is a loud intermittent metallic screeching sound. After 3 or 4 minutes it disappears. No problem with the drum turning or heating.
This sounds like it may be bad rollers 12001541 or roller shaft 6-3129480 on the unit. You will want to pull the unit apart and check for resistance in the rollers when spun by hand.
Dryer is making a load screeching sound under a load ?
Answer Hello James,
It sounds like the rollers, shaft or bearings of unit have failed and would need to be replaced.
What is the age of my dryer?
Answer Hello Joe. We would need model and serial number for that information.
When replacing the tumbler bearings, what kind of rivet tool do you recommend? Thanks!
Answer Hi John. The rivet tool used is a very common one found in any local hardware store. It uses 3/16" and 1/4" rivets. Tumbler bearing kit part # 306508. Tumbler Bearing Kit -Dryers use two of these bearings in the front. It is suggested that both are replaced at the same time. Requires the use of a rivet tool. Thank You.