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I read where the ball bearings can cause this squealing. However, which panel do we access to get to those ball bearings. Kenmore stacked Model No. 417-98802890

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Its vary unlikely that there are any ball bearings at all in the mechanics of that dryer. They have sealed bearings. If one of these were bad it would be more of a vi berating noise or clunk. The belt may be bad, try replacing the belt. if it is not the fix you need it wont be wasted money. Good luck. DFD

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