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Only turns with light load

The dryer won't spin with a heavy load, but if I remove a few things, it seems to be fine. What can you advise? thx, ann

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  • rlmkjones Dec 21, 2008

    same problem with whirlpool ler5620kq1. drum will not turn on heavy load like it used to do. you can take out half the load and it will work ok. It is not making any extra nosies. thanks

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If this is not turning with a heavy load it can be one of or a few different things. The motor may be going bad and cant handle the heavy load or the drum belt may be slipping or the dryer drum wheels where the dryer rides on may be worn out.

If its the wheels the machine will be making a sort of a grinding sound when it runs and the dryer drum will be loose and wobbly inside the machine. The drum wheels and belt are cheapest, probably less than 10 bucks for both.
You will need to remove the front of the machine and remove the drum to get to the wheels and belt. It shouldnt take more than 1/2 hour or so to do this job.

The motor is another thing. 150.00 for the part, hours of labor and electrical connections. Clearly not worth it unless you have access to a cheap parts supplier. Check ebay for appliance parts suppliers. They usually buy up manufacturers surplus parts and sell them for 1/2 of what they originally sold for.

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  • M. Farr Mar 02, 2014

    I have the same problem. I think mine is a loose belt. Is it hard to tighten? how do I go about doing it after I get the front off?

  • gzukoff Mar 02, 2014

    The belt be tightened, there is a spring loaded tensioner that over time (because of constant tension and heat) will need replacing. Looking throught the bottom access panel (in the front) and it can be seen. It is in the shape of a "z" near the motor with a wheel on it that the belt rides on. You will not have to remove the drum to replace it but it makes sense to replace the belt and wheels that the drum rides on if your getting your hands dirty already.

  • gzukoff Mar 02, 2014

    Sorry, that should read the belt cannot be tightened. Its similar to a car serpentine belt tensioner.

  • gzukoff Mar 02, 2014

    make sure to grease the bearing surafce the wheels ride on. I use hi temp automotive bearing grease

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