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You wouldn't believe how common that is. If you can see part of the underwire, unplug the machine first! Then, try to pull it out through the holes in the rear of the drum with needle nose pliers or vise grips. I can't stress enough the need to unplug the dryer first. On certain brands the heater is right behind the rear panel and depending on certain circumstances there could be 120-240 volts to the heater even though it is not hot and the underwire could either be shorted already or will short when you try to pull it out.

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A common broblem with dryers and washers alike is the underwire out of womens bras coming out and getting through one of the holes in the drum wich makes a horrible racket. Open the door and use a flashlight to look inside to see if you can see the underwire in one of the holes. They also get stuck in the front seal where the drum rides around this is another good place to look.

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