We were advised to check the source of the squeak by taking off the dryer lid. We were told that there were two screws inside the door that would allow the lid to come off. Problem: We cannot find the screws on this dryer. Model # is DBL333EB4WW and the Serial Number is: RF704315W. It is a GE dryer purchased in 2004.
Thanks for your help!
P.S. Is there an on-line manual somewhere that shows more details regarding this dryer?
After you remove the contol panel board screws and remove same, use a putty knife in the front of the machine, under the the top lid on either side (push clips). Push in toward the back of the machine while gently lifting one side at a time of the top panel and it will pop off.
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However, due to the fact that the dryer has a heating element, (or a gas flame) and due to the fact you are putting clothes in it, you surely do not want the use oil or grease, with very rare exception.
Someone needs to pull the whole dryer apart and find out the source of the squeak. Here are some causes:
1) Some dryers drums are mounted on a shaft behind the drum, which goes in to a bearing sleeve. These can wear out, causing the squeak. I have one like that in use. 12) Some dryers have a couple of plastic and runner wheels that the drum rotates on, which can also squeak. Fix should be replacement of the wheels.
3) Some dryer drums have plastic/nylon glides or slides the drum rides on. When worn out, these can squeal.
When you take it apart, you will likely find what the problem is.
Sounds like a rear bearing . remove the 2 screws from the top when you open the door . this way you can take the top off . When you take the top off remove the screws on the inner left and right on the front panel. disconnect the belt from the pulley and motor and pull the drum out . then you will see the rear bearing . cheap fix but can be a pain. good luck
There are many reasons why dryers squeak, fortunately, they are often "model" related, so yours will likely only have a few. Some dryers have an indentation at her rear of the rotating drum, and there are 2 rollers that support the rear of the drum. These wear out, and sometimes squeak. Another kind uses a center shaft in the rear, which rides on plastic bushings, and these wear out, which gets noisy. Several have nylon bumpers in the lower front of the machine which support the rotating drum. These can wear out, causing squeaks. Let me encourage you to unplug your machine and "operate" on it, if you are so inclined. Many machines require only a putty knife to get the top open, and a few screwdrivers and some small sockets to dismantle them. Be blessed.
ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE STARTING ANY REPAIRS
Your problem sounds like drum rollers are in need of lubrication, or maybe your drum belt has slipped off of the idler arm pulley.
Note: This method works with most front loading machines.
Remove the electrical console that holds the timer switch, start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer if you have to. Note: Some tops hinge and tilt backwards so they do not have to be removed and the electrical console with stay with the lid. Also remove the lint filter and the screws holding the lint filter housing in place. Be REAL CAREFUL not to knock any of the wires off of the timer switch. Then remove the top of the dryer. Remove the front of the dryer by removing two screws located on either side of the top of the dryer housing and unplug the door switch. This will expose the drum and belt. Remove the drum and belt and this will expose the drum rollers, idler arm pulley and motor.Now is a good time to replace the front felt seal on the drum if it needs to be replaced. Be sure to use a good grade of weatherproof cement on the seal to glue it to the drum, sometimes the glue is furnished with the seal. Now is also a good time to check the belt to see if it has slipped off of the idler arm pulley and also to check the belt condition for wear. Be sure to note the route of the belt, this will come in handy when you go to reinstall the belt. Check your drum rollers for flat spots or wear, if they have flat spots or wear they will make a thumping type of noise. If your drum rollers have too much wear on them replace them. If the drum rollers don't have flat spots or wear on them and are only squeeling then they probably only need lubrication. Remove the rollers and clean the shafts that the roller rolls on, remove any hair,dust,etc from roller and shaft. Lubricate the shaft of the rollers with a good grade of machine oil such as 3 in One oil, or a light lubricant like Vaseline. Reassemble the dryer. Plug back into your electrical receptical. This should solve your noise problem. Please take time to rate me
You don't mention the year make and model of dryer, but most often it is a dry bearing or bushing, or the drum is rubbing on a piece of metal that is supposed to have a nylon glide attached. It would help if you could do a "mechanic's stethoscope" to the machine to help yourself locate the source of the squeak. A "mechanic's stethoscope" is a long screwdriver or the equivalent. You put your ear to the wood or plastic handle and you put the other end in various place on the machine to try to locate the loudest squeal. When you take the whole machine apart, the source of the problem should be readily apparent.
The squeaking noise is most likely emitting from the drum bearing (key#543). In order to access and replace the drum bearing will require removing the drum. The drum bearing/sleeve is part# WE1M462. I added the instructions on how to remove the drum in the images below. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing the dryer.
just an idea.....try to match the squeak to the revolutions of the drum or the guide pulley.
if the squeak is fast it is probably a guide pulley or a roller that the drum rides on. if the squeak is farther apart then the drum is wearing in one spot and rubbing on something. check for wear spots around the drum area.
hope this helps.........jay
If the squeaking has been going on for only a short time, you may be able to get by with only replacing the rear drum bearing, but if it has been going on for some time you should replace the drum bearing kit part #
WE25M40. Also be sure to check that the front drum slides are ok, especially the one on the left side of the front drum support, as this one wears out faster. Drum slides #
WE1M333 and if front support frame is worn so that there is nothing left to hook the slides into you would need a