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The front or the dryer drum is dragging how do i fix it

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Replace the rear drum bearing and inspect/replace the front support glides.

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Drum drags on front

Sounds like the bearings in the drum rollers which guide the drum are worn. Most dryers come apart from the front. You can access the roller bearing located generally under the drum. Unplug before taking apart and you will have a door switch to disconnect.

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We have a MMDE9206AYM model dryer that makes a low humming sound but will not start. Last night it also produced a burning smell. I assume either the belt is gone or the motor is overheating although it...

Sounds like drum is locked and motor is running and burned the belt. Try to spin drum by hand, Might check drum ends felt seals, Teflon bearing strips located on the bottom lip of front drum end for wear causing drag. Also check 2 drum support wheels to see if they spin freely, take the belt off motor pulley and spin drum by hand, if easier & motor runs drum is dragging. How is the spring on tensioner, does tensioner pulley spin free? Hope this helps locate the problem.

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Maytag performa electric dyer makes dragging noise drum turns but acts like something catches and makes a dragging or scraping sound

assuming nothing is stuck around drum pull off the front and check the fan. If it is noisy for a few seconds after you stop the dryer then the fan may be stripped on motor shaft. while off you can check the front glides and the rear rollers

Nov 17, 2010 | Maytag Neptune MDE4000 Electric Dryer

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My belt broke as I was rotating the drum with the dryer off to clean the inside of the drum. the drum does not turn freely nor did it prior to the belt breaking. Could there be something else wrong beside...

There are drum felts / seals in the front and back of the drum. If either of them are overly worn the drum will drag. Also if an article of clothing got wedged in either of the seals it will act as a brake.
Before you head off for a belt I would gain access to the drum and check the drum seals and the rollers underneath the drum. If the rollers are sticking that too will make the drum hard to turn. When the drum rollers stick they usually end up with flat spots on them and must be replaced.

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p.s. dont forget to reconnect the door switch if you took off the front panel.

Mar 05, 2010 | Whirlpool LEQ8000JQ Electric Dryer

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Today our dryer quit drying. It hums but is not tumbling.

Dryers are belt driven. Something has locked the drum or motor, and that is why you hear the humming sound. With the dryer turned off, reach inside the drum and try to turn it. It should turn pretty freely. There will always be some drag. If you need a lot of effort to turn the drum, then it is time to investigate what is causing the drag. Probably, something has gotten wedged between the drum and the front wall of the dryer.

If you cannot find anything there, then it could be helpful to remove the outer shell from the dryer and investigate further to find the source of the drag. This requires some mechanical skill, so think carefully if you want to try it or call a service company or simply replace the dryer. A used dryer can cost $100 or less.

Feb 16, 2010 | Maytag Dryers

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Dryer is 11 years old. Hard starting( moans and struggles), and if I spin the drum it will start. the drum turns ok, it may be a little harder to spin than normal but not sure.

I think you need to check your belt and drum rollers.
If you have a front loading machine,
Remove the electrical box that holds the timer switch, start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer. 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. This will expose the drum and belt. Check the condition of the belt and replace it if it is worn or cracked, it may have slipped off of the idler pulley causing drag on the belt.
Remove the drum and belt and this will expose the drum rollers. Your drum rollers may be dragging or in need of lubrication.
Check your rollers for flat spots, if they have flat spots on them replace them.
If they don't have flat spots on them, then they probably only need lubrication. Lubricate the shaft of the rollers with a good grade of machine oil such as 3 in One oil. Reassemble the dryer, plug back in. I will include these two websites for parts and further help:
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I hope this helps

Oct 20, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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When I turn on the dryer you can hear a drag and turns loudly

Sounds like you may have a sock or something stuck between the drum and the front felt seal...or maybe your drum roller needs lubrication or replacement.
If you have a front loading machine you would normally pull the front of the machine off, that will expose the drum and seal, if you remove the drum, then that will expose the rollers.
Lube the shaft of the rollers with a good grade of machine oil such as
3 in One oil.
I hope this helps

Oct 01, 2009 | Maytag Dryers

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It could be a number of things to cause drag on the drum. A rear bering or front slides sounds like the most common. The front slides are small plastic like parts that the drum rides on around the door area (GE Part Number GHPWE1M333). The rear bering is located on a stud that protrudes from the center of the rear of the drum. Remove the belt and slide the drum straight out. You will see the bering stud mounted to the drum. The bering will either be on the stud or still inside the bering holder in the rear of the dryer itself. Look for signs of wear or a torn bering. Grease shaft very well when replacing. Also, look for signs of wear inside the dryer to where the drum would be rubbing the case or cabinet. Both these berings are pretty inexpensive and if you have the know-how, easy to replace as well. Good Luck!!!! Jim

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