Question about Kenmore 98702 Stacked Washer/Dryer
The dryer has ejected 2 of the 3 small screws in the middle of the inside back of the tumbler. I managed to get them back in, but dryer still clunks loudly like something has slipped (gear, belt?)behind the tumbler. Can I safely take off the back? Is there anything user serviceable back there? What might be causing the thunk/clunk?
I have this very same dryer and had the same problem. #1 those screws are just inadequately small and will snap off if not ejected. I took the dryer apart (not an easy task) and removed the bearing plate. Took it to a machine shop and had them drill bigger holes and weld some nuts to keep the bolts in place. This should make it better on the long run.
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
The back of this unit can not be opened . everything it through the front it could be the seal or the bearing in the back were you put the screws back.
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
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Unplug your dryer from the electrical outlet. Remove the lint trap by lifting its cover and sliding it out. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the two screws that hold in the housing of the lint trap.Lift up the top panel of the dryer and take off the holder for the door switch wire. Look for the screws that hold in the front panel of the dryer, located on top of the front panel, and unscrew them. Take the panel off the dryer by lifting it off.Look inside the dryer, find the broken dryer belt, and before taking it off, note the way it is routed around the pulleys, then take it off. Install a new Whirlpool dryer belt by slipping it around the tumbler with the grooves facing the surface of the tumbler. Ask an assistant to hold up the tumbler while you move the belt into the proper place, aligned with the black line around the width of the tumbler.Wrap the new dryer belt around the pulleys as noted in Step 3. If you don't remember how, or the old belt was snapped and not aligned properly, look at the dryer belt diagram in your user's manual.Align the front panel of the dryer with the tumbler. Put back in the two screws that hold the panel in place. Open the door of your dryer and with your hand, turn the spinner one time counterclockwise. Reconnect the holder for the door switch wire, being careful that it doesn't touch any moving parts.Use the screwdriver to carefully position the rubber seal along the back of the tumbler. Make sure the seal is on the outside of the tumbler and that none of it sticks to the inside of the tumbler.Slide the lint filter and housing back into place, and screw in the two screws that hold it in. Plug the cord of the dryer back into the electrical outlet and check that it spins properly.
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