Kenmore dryer 11079774110 -I just replaced the drum support wheels and reassembled the cabinet. For some reason the front of the drum rubs against the front panel now. If I gently push against the drum (like a quarter of an inch) as it spins, the noise stops. Is there a way to level it? or keep it pushed back? This was not a difficult repair, what d'ya think happened!?
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For my Frigidaire manufactured Kenmore dryer, the stainless steel drum is part ordinary painted steel (front flange). That flange is part of the suspension for the drum. The flange rides on a nylon wear pad above the door. On both sides of the pad, there is a felt that is glued to the dryer front panel to act as a seal. What happens is that the paint on the ordinary steel flange rubs through and rusts, staining clothes during the drying cycle. I have to replace the nylon pad and felts every few years to combat the rusting issue. The felt and nylong pad assembly is glued to the cabinet flange using heat resistant adhesive.
Unplug the dryer. Remove the lint filter. Remove the 2 screws at the lint filter opening. Use a putty knife between the top lid and the front panel to release the clips. They are about 2 inches in from right and left sides where the top meets the front panel. Lift the lid towards the rear of the dryer. Look inside the top right and left corners of the front panel and remove the screws holding the front to the cabinet. Remove the door switch wires and set the door aside. Place the new belt over the drum,ribbed side towards the drum. Look under the drum for the belt tensioner. It is S shaped with a wheel on it. Place the base of the tensioner in the slots below the motor pulley. Feed the right side of the belt through the opening under the wheel with the smooth side of the belt touching the wheel. Place this side of the belt over the motor pulley with the ribbed side touching the pulley. Replace the front panel. Hook up the door switch wires. Replace the panel screws. Reattach the top lid and lint filter screws. Replace the lint filter. Plug in the dryer.
Only a few things will make that noise. The squeaking is caused by a moving part having trouble turning while rubbing against a fixed part.
The idler pulley is worn
The drum support rollers are hard turning on their shafts
The felt seals at the front or back of the drum is worn allowing metal to metal contact while turning
An article has fallen into the housing around the blower wheel and the wheel is rubbing on it.
Listen for the frequency of the sound. The drum rollers and drum felts will squeak at the frequency of the tub turning. The idler pulley turns much faster as does the blower wheel. Knowing this will help pin down the cause.
The following link has valuable information on taking apart your style of dryer:
Hello Friend, Replacing a dryer belt is very simple. Just remove front of dryer cabinet. unplug wires from dryer door switch. Just slide a new belt over the drum with the belt grooves facing to the inside. Underneath drum you will see a tention wheel next to motor. Install belt around tention wheel and around motor shaft pully. Re-install front dryer cabinet. Make sure to plug in the wires to the door switch and make sure that the drum is re-inserted back over the felt glide on inner cabinet front. Happy to help, Tim.
Hello, Unplug dryer from wall remove filter at top remove 2 screws under the filter, take flat screw driver pry top up on both sides at the front. With top up remove 2 screws that hold the front panel to the cabinet now the front panel can be put to the side. release tension from belt and remove the drum. Now the rollers are right in the rear and they support the drum. change rollers and reassemble. good luck