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.
When the pads on the front wear, it will make noise when running. They can be replaced. There is one on the top and one on the bottom rim where the drum turns. You remove the front to access them by removing the screws on the top. Post your model number for diagrams. It's usually stamped on a small tag in a visible location on your appliance.
Washer-Dryer- behind or on top of the control panel. Behind the door. On the lower front or side of the cabinet.
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