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Is there a picture available to show where and how the front felt seal should be replaced? The old felt wasn't glued down and not in a place that I can tell where the new one should go. Thank you

I need to replace the felt of the dryer and am having a bit of trouble lifting the top of the dryer to access the drum. Any advice on how to get in there??? GE Model # DRSR495EG1WW Is there a picture of where and how the felt should be placed in a GE DBSR453 dryer? Thanks

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  • confusada5 May 31, 2009

    Hi, I think my original post ended up in the middle of another one having an issue similar to mine. I didn't have trouble getting the top or front of the dryer off. I have replaced the front bearing and 4 slides that are part of that bearing. When I opened the front panel of the dryer though, the felt seal/duct was smashed and hanging down what appeared to be the side of the drum and don't know where it came from. It does not have any adhesive on the old felt or the dryer. The only place I have found to put a new felt is on the underside of the front bearing where there appears to be a ridge/track of some sort. The felt is wider on one side than the other and does not appear to have a sewing line like I'm seen in some posts. Looking at it and the ridge/track, I put it in wide side down and thin side to the interior side of the track. There are little notches(?) that appear to hold the felt a little if placed this way.

    I tried to dry a few non-important items since I read posts of black marks but it looked like the felt was shifting and trying to work itself out and I was afraid of a fire hazard. I took it back out and did more research but can't find anywhere else that it would go or the need for adhesive for this dryer model.

    Thanks

  • confusada5 May 31, 2009

    I wish there was an additional photo from the opposite direction that plainly showed where the piece was going. I did wonder about it being #325 but that is what the part's guy told me in the chat. I think #325 is actually a thin piece of foam between the plastic pieces. From what I can see from the picture I think I placed it right. I just hope it doesn't shift out of the track.

    Thanks!

  • confusada5 Jun 01, 2009

    No hook on either end. I've dried six loads of wash since I last put the felt in. So far no fire and no more awful squealing like a pig!

    Thank you for your help!


  • David Shaub May 11, 2010

    Put a stiff putty knife into the slot between the front & top, about 2 inches in from the sides. Push in and lift at the same time. There are spring clips that hold the top on. Do you mean 'felt' or 'belt'?

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Http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/model-display.php

The felt is part #12 on the drawing. It shouldn't be hard to figure the exact placement from the pictures on the site.

Posted on May 31, 2009

  • David Shaub May 31, 2009

    It should have a hook formed into the ends to hold it into place. The drum will keep it pressed in.

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