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Re: The dryer is making a terrible squeaking sound.
That my friend is the sound of metal to metal on the rear drum bearing. The drum has a ball mounted on the rear of it affectionately known in the biz as a trailer ball. It rides in a grease slathered plastic bearing. The bearing is mounted with a metal bracket. Over time the plastic will wear down and the ball will begin to meet the metal mount. The mount will begin to act like a guillotine and actually eventually cut the ball off and the drum will fall into the heating element and the resulting massive breakdown only occurs on a sunday night. LOL
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All ge dryers have a center bearing on the back side of the drum and drum glides on the frontside. The glides make a scrubbing sound when bad and the drum is hard to turn. The rear bearing does a squeak thang when the plastic bearing wears thin and begins to make metal to metal contact between drum mount and rear bulkhead mount. It is an easy fix but the drum gotta come out. here is my pictorial page that shows how with videos and repair pix: Paw Paws GE dryer repair page
The terrible squeak is probably the idler pulley shaft spalling in the idle pulley mount. When the idler pulley siezes to to pulley shaft it spins in the mount and makes a horrible racket.
It can be the motor bearings also but I doubt it at this time. With the belt off you can spin the motor and listen for any odd sound. If you hear nothing then the problem is definately the idler pulley assy.
It is normal for the drum to float in place. When there is a problem with the drum or drum felts, you usually hear a cyclic scrape or grinding sound that is concurrent with each rotation of the drum.
Hi .thanks for the question. the noise is from the drum rollers . you can buy a drum roller kit for kenmore dryer . to repair. lift out lint screen remove 2 screws . with a flat screw driver pry the top up between the top and front at each corner. lift top 2 screws on the inside of front panel remove pull front off . remove drum . replace parts in drum repair kit . thanks the appliance doc