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.
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Have you tried turning the drum with belt removed to see if sound is from drum or motor.If you cant get at belt easy thru. top ( make sure power is off) then you will have to split the casing which will give you a great view of all the moving parts to see if any loose parts.It may be that the bearings have gone so badly that it is clunking as it turns.Normal bearing failure noise is a rumbling.
Remove 2 screws at rear underside of top lid and remove.On top middle either side by springs remove the 4 screws holding back panel,down below at rear there is normally 2 or 3 screws on corners of panel,now go to side of panel bottom middle by seam and remove round white plastic covers put small screwdriver in hole and pull out there is a screw behind each (8mm small socket).Now by water inlet valves prise out white plastic housing with valves still inside now put screw driver in spli on side panel either side and work it back you will have to hold down drain hose to clear panel,once off you can inspect for any damage or loose parts,check drum pulley is not loose or worn,check motor also concrete balance weights one on back top of drum casing and one at front around door seal,sometimes these come loose.To refit casing it is a reverse of removal.
Hopefully this will be helpful.
Your problem could be a bad bearing...The drum rides in a bearing at the rear middle of unit..Its basically a plastic insert...When the dryer is first started the bearing will squeal until the plastic warms up..Normally you will hear the squeal at the back middle of dryer...Your problem may also be the belt tensioner...Again a plastic wheel with a metal bearing inside...Normally this squeal will be from start to finish..
I just fixed this problem in my kenmore washer today. You need to take out the three small screws on the bottom of the front panel. You will need a star shaped screw driver. The panel will fall off when the last screw is removed. After taking off the panel, you will see a large round piece in the middle that should be white; take this piece and turn it to remove the filter. Your filter is most likely clogged with small laundry items or lint and dirt. Remove the blockage and the washer will work great again. This is frustrating, so my wife and I are going out to buy some netting bags for washing small items. Make sure you have a towel under the drain before you open it.
Before doing this though, take a second and reach up under the rubber gasket that circles the inside of the washer door. Your blockage could just be in this area. Our washer had both areas blocked.
last thing u wanted to do was remove the three middle srew they hold the drum .
u are going to need someone else to help,first try to reinstall the srews .
top left back there is a thermal fuse this fuse goes when the element goes element about $95.00
under neath the panel next to timer 1 black screw on other side 1 more screw remove
remove casing with both timers.more screws
un clip all wire harness
all screws on top off
look at belt remember how it came off
now remove front panel
push up drum hard
now u can get too the heater
best of luck al
pull them away from the wall and see if you have an access panel in the rear of the dryer. If you do remove it and undo the belt so that you can freely sway the drum in either direction. it may re-align the holes for you to replace the screws if not you'll have to open the dryer possibly by prying the top up and undoind the screws that hold the front panel to the cabinet. from there you should be able to move the drum about to get the scres back in but f you do get it opened take the time to clean it out. Make sure you undo door switch wires before removing front panel.
This is the 2nd time I have this problem.
IF you look thry the drum to the back you should see 3 screw heads. Mine has one screw still in the hole and 2 empty holes.
This requires the drum to be removed (like take the drier apart). Behind the drum is Asmbly-shaft (ball hitch) (item 32 in the parts list). This what the 3 screws screw into.
I spent 2 days trying to put the screws in without removing the drum not possible (no way to hold the drum in place)
The first time I had to replace the drum because it wore the rim through.
I have to get 3 new screws and some thread locker.
I recommend that you check the screws every month, Use a long phillips screw drive
ok your having the begings of a rear bearing problem now let me tell you whats happing if you pull the dryer out and look about at the middle of where the drum is at the back then you will see a silver small rectangle peice in the middle of that is what looks like a small finger with a steel ball under it on the little ledge there should be a little pile of black dust the little finger is making the little ball cut into the back of the rear bearing but the rear bearing is still good now get you a little can of spray lithem grease clean the dust off turn the dryer on and spray that little ball till its coated then every time you hear it squel repeat the proceadure untill one day it wont stop then we will have to change it and on that day you better have some help lol
I have a top loading Kenmore High capacity dryer that is over 10 years old, it has been working very well, unfortunately when cleaning the lint filter my wife dropped a piece of paper down the lint duct hole. The paper evidently fell to the bottom of the lint duct. I am unable to reach the paper from the top of the dryer where the lint filter is inserted.The dryer now makes a grinding type noise when it is turned on. Can you tell me how to reach the paper and remove it
Your dryer was made by Frigidaire and needs what is called a rear bearing kit (#5303281153 costs about $30) from frigidaire.
there is also a good chance that your bearing failed because the dryer overheated (overheating is mostly caused by the venting being restricted)