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Drum gap My Kenmore front load dryer has a gap along the front edge of the drum such that clothes get caught as the gap narrows toward the top of the drum. Dryer seems level and there is no obvious wobble as the drum circles. Any suggestions?

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Posted on Dec 09, 2012

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remove top first, then front just a few screws,then put belt around the drum and pulley and reassemble,bye.eire

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it could be a worn motor bearing, but they usually last for 20 years, i would guess that you have a worn drum roller, the thing that holds up the drum and looks like a wheel.
if your sure the motor has a worn bearing then replacing the motor is not easy as you have to unscrew the blower wheel from the motor shaft.
it also may be that you are talking about the idler pulley being worn. it is the device that holds tension against the belt and they also will wear out and be "wobbly"

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Posted on Mar 20, 2009

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SOURCE: Dryer leaves brown spots on clothing articles.

With the combination of seal gaps and brown spots (streaks) on your clothes, chances are the front (part # 3406129 ~ $26) and rear (part # 279857 ~ $17) drum seals need to be replaced. Run a rag around the seals and check the marks to confirm this is the problem.
Depending how big the gap is, you may need to replace the drum support rollers if they are worn (part # 349241T ~ $24).
The parts are available at Sears. Labor costs will vary depending on where you live and if you're not replacing them yourself.
Let me know if you need more help or information.
Good luck!

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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