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Kenmore 400 dryer squealing noise

I have a 1 year old Kenmore 400 dryer which makes a squealing noise that lasts about 3 seconds when I press the start button. It also occasionally makes this 3 second squealing noise at other times in the cycle (though this is very rare). The dryer works fine otherwise. Any ideas what the problem is?

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A little lubricant on the pulleys near the belts will go along way. Its vereasy to access these parts front the back of the machine with a 1/4 hex head screwdriver.

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Peace Friend,
ngfam1 At your service!

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