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Kenmore 110.86874100 Motor (?) Squealing

22 (or so) year old Kenmore dryer, work fine except it has started an intermittent high pitched squealing noise. Replaced the belt (it was in bad shape) thinking it was slipping, and cleaned the interior of the cabinet, drum wheels, tension pullet, etc.. Quit making noise for a couple weeks, then started again. Does not seem to be load dependent. Can the motor bearings be lubricated?

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    Fleetw00d Jan 26, 2009

    The blower is just on the opposite end of the motor shaft from the pulley. I guess I'll have to rig it to run with it opened up and the drum removed to better isolate the source of the noise.

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    Fleetw00d Jan 27, 2009

    With the drum removed it was obvious that it was indeed the motor squeeking. $100 and a new motor later, it works fine. Part of my drying problem was a large amount of accumulated lint/junk at the bottom of the lint chute / inlet to the fan.

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  1. Maybe your problem is coming from the bushing shaft part. Mine was so used that it made a terrible and high pitched sound.

    Try to look behind your machine, remove the part hidding the bushing shaft and check if everything is ok.

    My bushing shaft was make of metal, and I replaced it with a teflon one. Everything is working fine right now.

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I don't think they can be, but, also take a look at the fan bearing assembly too. You should be able to isolate if the noise is from the motor bearings or blower bearings.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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