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Whirlpool LER46343Q0 Makes noise like train chugging when revolving

I bought it used serial number MR2934294. Was told it is five years old. If it is older I don't want to rpair it. Buy new one.

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Hi 4luvofdicken
Your problem is the drum rollers are in need of replacement.
It is a fairly simple job and reasonably cheap to repair.
A few hints below.
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ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE STARTING ANY REPAIRS
Your problem sounds like the drum rollers have flat spots on them or in need of lubrication, or maybe your drum belt has slipped off of the idler arm pulley.

Note: This method works with most front loading machines.

Remove the electrical console that holds the timer switch, start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer if you have to.
Note: Some tops hinge and tilt backwards so they do not have to be removed and the electrical console with stay with the lid.
Also remove the lint filter and the screws holding the lint filter housing in place.
Be REAL CAREFUL not to knock any of the wires off of the timer switch. Then remove the top of the dryer.
Remove the front of the dryer by removing two screws located on either side of the top of the dryer housing and unplug the door switch.
This will expose the drum and belt. Remove the drum and belt and this will expose the drum rollers, idler arm pulley and motor.Now is a good time to replace the front felt seal on the drum if it needs to be replaced. Be sure to use a good grade of weatherproof cement on the seal to glue it to the drum, sometimes the glue is furnished with the seal.
Now is also a good time to check the belt to see if it has slipped off of the idler arm pulley and also to check the belt condition for wear.
Be sure to note the route of the belt, this will come in handy when you go to reinstall the belt.
Check your drum rollers for flat spots or wear, if they have flat spots or wear they will make a thumping type of noise.
If your drum rollers have too much wear on them replace them.
If the drum rollers don't have flat spots or wear on them and are only squeeling then they probably only need lubrication.
Remove the rollers and clean the shafts that the roller rolls on, remove any hair,dust,etc from roller and shaft.
Lubricate the shaft of the rollers with a good grade of machine oil such as 3 in One oil, or a light lubricant like Vaseline.
Reassemble the dryer.
Plug back into your electrical receptical.
This should solve your noise problem.
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  • Suzie Nov 01, 2012

    Thank you so much Bud for your quick response. I only bought this last weekend.... I will follow your instructions and check things out before I get the man who sold it to me over here. I paid almost $200 for an 8 year old dryer. (Originally told it was 5-6 ys old... looked it up model and S/N. It had been painted. Now I even wonder if it was water damaged from Hurricane Irene as he claims he has "suppliers.." LOL all over. I am afraid I was "taken". Had debris and sand in it also. I will do as you said and make him come out here to check it out. He gave a 90 day warranty and if I know what is wrong when he comes I can tell him I checked it out myself. If the rollers are bad he will hear about it.

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