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Drum is hard to turn

I was unloading my dryer and I usually spin the drum around to see if there's any socks stuck to the sides, and when I went to spin it, it felt really heavy like something was stuck inside and sounded like something was dragging. Everything was dry when I pulled it out, but I'm afraid to dry anything in case the extra strain of turning the drum burns out the motor. Is there an easy way to open it up besides from the back to see if there is any clothes trapped inside?

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  • Candice Charlson Jan 03, 2007

    We took it apart and there wasn't anything stuck, the noise is from the felt on the door that the drum sits in. We looked at the ball in the back and nothing seems to be worn, we greased it up and it's still moving stiff. I don't recall hearing the rubbing noise from the felt on the door before, and it was definitely easier to turn a few days ago when I used it. We noticed it's thinner on top than at the bottom, so could that be the issue? If so, how expensive is that to replace?

  • Candice Charlson Jan 16, 2007

    We replaced the drum glide felt on the top of the door where it looked worn down, and now it's really hard to turn. The ball on the back of the drum looks fine and the plastic cup in the back doesn't look worn out - still have to force the ball in and out. The belt doesn't look as if it has moved from the rubbed spot it's left on the drum and it's still tight. We called someone to see if they could help out with a suggestion and they said the model number we gave them isn't the right number, but there isn't any other number on the machine. The only one is the marker number written on the back. It had to have been made in either 2003 or early 2004 - we bought it between March and May 2004. It's a stackable with the flat top and the knobs on the front.

  • Candice Charlson Jan 20, 2007

    It looked the same as what we took off, the plastic is on the drum and felt is on the front panel. We're going to try greasing up the felt because no one seems to have any better ideas.

  • jayumc Feb 27, 2009

    I have the same problem, the drum is unusually hard to spin, and the drum is now making a rubbing noise. The inside kinda smells a little nasty (not usuall like this)...burnt almost. Yes there seems to be a different model# (mine #80042-00) ad the one I have seen on this page. They are one and the same though.

    I plann on taking it apart before I buzz a tech, any other advice would be greatly apreciated.

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Does your dryer have a plastic glide on the drum or is it on the felt if some one gave you the wrong one that would make your problem worse there is two different types for that dryer

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