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Squeelling I have a 4 yr old electric dryer, it just started to squeel a little. Also when you open the front door it has a slight burning smell. I don't know if this is normal , but there seems to be excess play in the drum. Thank You Shawn

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Your belt is bad. good news though, it is easy and cheap to replace. first, using your model number, order a new one online. there is many sites and it should cost around 15 bucks. to open your dryer, there is a panel on the bottom of the front that needs to come off first, there is usually 2 screws holding it on. then, you can get to the front panel to remove it. now, with a flashlight, look inside the bottom of the dryer to see how the belt is on (so you can get the new one on properly) and reach in and take the belt off the motor, there should be a tension pulley holding it on. then slide the drum out and out with the old and in with the new. take your time and remember how everything came apart, you should be done in about an hour.

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