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Hello Moldiegold,
You've already identified the problem but in order for me to assist you with a replacement gasket set, you will have to proivide me with the brand and model number of your dryer..

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

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Whirlpool dryer was making loud squeaking noise. Now it is not turning at all. Makes a noise when you turn it on, but stops completely.


Check the drum belt. Check the drum rollers on the back & glides on the front that the drum rides on also check the idler pully. Check the felt the drum rides on in case it came loose and won't let the drum turn. Did it hum when you started it if so could be the motor. Good luck

Apr 06, 2014 | Whirlpool GGW9200L Gas Dryer

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Hi banging noise coming from machine, drum still spinnning and heating up


I am not sure but it sounds as if a piece of the gaskets around the front and/or back of the drum may have come loose. Try this... open the door and look for a gasket/ring that is located where the drum meets the front of the machine housing (this is where the drum slides against the door frame or front of the dryer) Some models have different configurations but the drum rotates against some type of gasket material) use you fingers and slide them along the gasket and feel for any missing pieces. Then do the same with the rear drum gasket, if there is one. If that is not the problem It maybe from your dryer not being level, check that next, a non level dryer will shake and make a thumping noise.

Feb 11, 2011 | Dryers

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- very loud squeaking sound


Hello JewettKann,

Typically, on the Maytag Neptune dryers, it is the felt gasket that is the cause and source of the noise you're hearing.

There is a felt gasket that runs all around the front and rear of the dryer drum and cabinet door edge (on the backside lip). As the dryer ages, this felt wears out and needs to be replaced to prevent the awful screeching sounds you'll experience, once the metal to metal contact becomes constant.

You can view the parts that need replacing at the following link (Item #17B on the drawing) Called a sound damper pad on some models.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=MDE4000AZW&productCategoryId=0151200&brandId=3048&brandDescription=MAYTAG&modelName=MAYTAG-LAUNDRY&diagramPageId=00004&componentDescription=DOOR&documentId=M0402169&blt=06


This was a fairly common problem with the Neptune line. You can see for yourself by simply turning the drum with your hand and feeling and listening for the rubbing/grinding noise, along the top of the door opening.
If you can get the complete model number off your dryer, you can select the exact line drawing and parts list at the link below to make sure you're looking at your exact model.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getModel!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=mde4000&=part+number

I hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Dec 25, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MDE4000 Electric Dryer

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Hi, My LG dryer is making a sqeeking noise when turned on. Pretty loud at first and then sound reduces further in the drying cycle. Any suggestions?


If you can open one of the smalle panels to see inside around the drum- check to see if the belt is rubbing and there is black rubber dust or strings around that area. It is probably one of the bearings or felt gaskets or seals that the drum rides on.

Nov 16, 2009 | LG DLG5932W Gas Dryer

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Kenmore Dryer 110 is making a loud squeaking noise.


Only a few things will make that noise. The squeaking is caused by a moving part having trouble turning while rubbing against a fixed part.
  1. The idler pulley is worn
  2. The drum support rollers are hard turning on their shafts
  3. The felt seals at the front or back of the drum is worn allowing metal to metal contact while turning
  4. An article has fallen into the housing around the blower wheel and the wheel is rubbing on it.
Listen for the frequency of the sound. The drum rollers and drum felts will squeak at the frequency of the tub turning. The idler pulley turns much faster as does the blower wheel. Knowing this will help pin down the cause.

The following link has valuable information on taking apart your style of dryer:

Sears Dryer Disassembly

Sep 20, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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Loud rattling noise, but dries ok


The drum of a dryer is supported b the front and back of the unit, spins on a felt gasket. Noise is coming from rollers or their is something stuck between drum and the felts. The pulley is a piece of springy metal with a plastic wheel on it, could also be worn. If you take off front of dryer, drum will come loose, check to see if something is stuck. Common for loose change to get jambed in felts. Also spin rollers and pulley to see if need to be replaced. I still think something is caught in felt.

Aug 17, 2009 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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Making a loud squeal when the dryer is running. Its not continuous and the clothes still dry. Its a stacked washer dryer combination neptune series machine.


This is a fairly common problem with the Neptune dryers. There are two (2) roller wheels at the front and rear of the dryer drum and a felt gasket that runs all the way around the front edge of the front of the cabinet that the drum edge sits on as it rotates around.

As these wheels and felt wears (they seem to wear more quickly for some heavy users), the metal lip of the drum will start to rub and wear on the metal lip of the cabinet. Those roller wheels at the rear and front of the dryer drum can also be the souce of this type of noise, but since you're going to have to remove the drum to gain access to the felt or the wheels, I find it best to replace ALL the wheels and the felt at the same time while I have the unit apart, since it's only a matter of time before the other wheels and/or the felt wear out and start singing their own lovely screeching song.

As always, the cost of repairs needs to be weighed against the age and condition of the machine and the cost for a new replacement appliance. My rule of thumb is when the repair costs exceed 60% of a brand new unit AND the age of the appliance is 10+ years - time to buy new. Otherwise, get an estimate or the cost of the repair parts and make the repair yourself.

The cost of this repair by a appliance tech can run around $250-300+ depending on how long this has been allowed to operate, as the drum and cabinet can get worn pretty badly over an extended period of time with this condition not being corrected.

It is a repair that a homeowner can undertake given you have some experience, patience and are willing to take the 2+/- hours it will require to get it done. Not to mention having obtained the replacement parts you need to get the repair accomplished. Hope that helps!

Jul 30, 2009 | Maytag Dryers

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Ge dryer started making a loud rubbing sound


Sounds Like the drum is scraping. You can remove the drum and inspect the felt bearing/gasket for damage or a coin or screw that got lodged in it. You will need to remove Top and front in order to remove drum Carefully note the routing of the belt near the moter.

Jan 23, 2009 | GE DCSR483EA Electric Dryer

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Dryer running loud


It sounds like your motor may be going out (search for motor replacement solution here).

Hopefully it is just a problem with grit in the system, or perhaps the felt gaskets have worked themselves loose. Either way, to clean out grit and inspect the system you'll need to access the interior and remove the drum. Here's how:

  1. This will require you to disassemble the dryer. This is not hard - it will require the following tools:

    crosstip medium screwdriver
    1/4 inch socket
    5/15 inch socket
  2. UNPLUG DRYER
  3. TURN OFF GAS
  4. Disassemble by taking apart the FRONT of the dryer:

    a. Remove the door and opposite side door plugs (crosstip screws)

    b. Remove the front panel - this exposes sheet metal bolts (5/16 inch) some with crosstip on left and right of unit. Set panel aside (right side) WITHOUT unplugging wires

    c. Unscrew all the exposed bolts.

    d. Top bolts left and right secure the unpainted metal hooks which secures the top of dryer. Unscrew these bolts and wiggle the metal retainer hooks off. Lift top and support to create 6 inch gap in the front (top unit hinges in back and has electrical connections - do NOT disconnect wires)

    e. Release belt from pulley by reaching left and under drum (this is out of sight)

    f. gently lift out drum and belt and set aside
  5. This has exposed the interior.
Now: Maintenance time!
  1. Using compressed air blow out all vents and the motor.
  2. Wipe dust and grit out of crannies
  3. Vaccuum bottom interior
  4. Blow it out again
  5. Using ultra fine steel wool (#0000) rub all contact areas of drum - belt region, and ends that contact the felt gaskets and the rollers at the rear
  6. Check to ensure the felt gasket is in good shape all around the drum contact area. If it is torn, malformed or missing you'll need to replace. With any luck this is where your noise is coming from.
  7. Check the blower cage. Ensure this is free of grit. It is worth taking off the eight screws to wipe out/blow out interior.
  8. Worse case scenario - your motor is on the fritz (although this motor should give you 8-12 years of service). This will require removal, replacement. Motor cost is about $100. Labor will be more.

Aug 04, 2008 | Maytag Neptune MDG5500AW Gas Dryer

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Dryer making very loud noise.


We had the exact same noise all of a sudden start coming from our 2 year old dryer. We checked everything, rollers, pulleys, motors, etc. I was certain it was coming from the upper left. Finally we found a loose screw had fallen into the front felt ring. Problem solved!
Good luck.

Jan 20, 2008 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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