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Clunking dryer on Kenmore 417 94702300

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?

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  • pjalcan Apr 19, 2009

    the screws are out and I can't get them back in. Behind the back wall of the dryer there is a metal ring that has slipped down and I would like to know how to get it back in place so I can get the screws back in. Can the back be taken off to accomodate this or do I need to get a service man hired to fix it?


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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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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.

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