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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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You are in for a big job there. I will try to give you the best step by step possible. First get you a rear bearing part number 131825900. This part retails for $5.96 but you may pay as much as $11.99 This is only for the bearing not the ball that goes on the back of the tub. You will also need some white lithium grease. You will put a small about inside the rear bearing.You may also want to have a second person to help screw the bearing in place.
Step one will be to unplug the machine and pull it out so you will have access to the back. Most of the repair will be done from the front of the machine.
step 2, You will need to pop up the top of the machine. You do this by inserting a flat blade screwdriver into the two clips holding the top down. They are located about two inches from the left and right side front under the top.
Then you will need to remove the front panel and door. You will do this by removing the two screws from the top left and right of the inside of the front panel. the front will then tilt forward from the top and lift off. Use caution because your door swith will still have two wires attached. You can leave these inplace.
next will be to remove the belt from around the tub. To do this reach underneath the tub and remove the belt from the idler pulley and the motor shaft. Remember how you take this off because you will be putting it back shortly. When the belt is loose you will use it to lift the tub upward with a sharp ****. The rear of the tub has a ball and socket joint and the ball must be pulled up and out of the bearing. When the rear of the tub lifts up you will then remove the tub out the front exposing the rear bearing and the heating element. Note, If you damage the heating element while doing this you will need to head back out to the appliance store and buy a new one. You can not take extra slack out of the heater if you have stretched it.
The final step will be replacing the bearing. Use caution so you do not loose the small ball bearing in the rear center of the bearing. You will have two screw to remove and a small metal bracket on the back of the machine. When reinstalling the screws you may need that second person to hold this bracket. Once installed and the small ball bearing is inplace add the grease. Look at the ball on the back of the tub to make sure it is not bad. If it looks ok then just reassemle and start drying. Good luck. MCA0824@aol.com
Posted on Apr 30, 2008
In most cases, this will be a worn idler pulley. I would inspect this pulley for excessive clearance.
Access to the idler pulley varies by model, if your dryer has a lower front panel (kick plate) start there. It should lift up and off or it may be held in place with a few screws or snaps; it may also have a catch at the edges or center gap between the kick panel and main panel. To release the catch, push a putty knife, wrapped with masking tape, into the gap and push back the catch. The next easiest access point is the rear panel. The rear access panel is held in place with several screws along the outer edges. The last resort method of access is the removal of the entire front panel. The front panel supports the front of the drum and so removal is more difficult. Front panel removal varies. In general, access is gained by lifting the top (remove the lint trap screws first), removing the screws that secure the front panel, and detaching the panel from the drum.
When reaching into the dryer be careful of sharp edges on the cabinet and interior supports. Reach in to the belt and give it tug. It should be taught and have only a little give. The belt should go under the idler pulley and over the motor pulley. Lift the idler pulley toward the motor to relieve tension on the belt and remove it from the motor pulley.
Turn the idler pulley wheel, it should turn smoothly, quietly and without any wobble. Inspect it for cracks or uneven wear. If the idler pulley does not maintain proper tension or is damaged it should be replaced. Depending upon your model, the entire assembly or just the wheel or bearing may be replaced.
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
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