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Dryer bangs and jumps

I think i need to do something with the drum rollers, but i dont know how to take it apart.

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  • David Robinson May 11, 2010

    What brand and model number is the dryer?


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Some dryers have a bearing on the back of the basket ( the part that tumbles the clothes) which can fail causing the basket (or drum) to hit the side of the dryer housing. All kinds of noises can come out a shot bearing too. Some other dryers (I had a Whirlpool like this) have no basket bearing. The basket is suspended between the lip of the dryer housing and the back wall of the dryer housing in a kind of mechanical sandwich (where the meat of the sandwich rotates). The "bearing" in this case is a strip of felt on the lip of the housing that the basket slips on to turn. If this felt wears through as it eventually does then the basket metal slips on the housing metal and that can grab and make a racket. The belt can also be worn in such a way that it makes the basket hop. I broken support roller under the basket can do this too. Unbolt the dryer cover (after disconnecting power) and look for all these possibilities. Repair felt, replace bad bearing, replace belt per your case and findings.

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Belt and /or rollers could be the problem at least that is where I would start.

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