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Squeeking in lower dryer

I have the MCE8000AYW drying center. The one with the drying cabinet on top. My dryer is only 2 years old. I am sure it is the roller. It starts sqeeking after the dryer has been on for a few minutes. So how do I access the roller to see what the problem is ?

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  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    I am having this same problem. I was told that it is has something to do with the balls in the dryer being worn?

  • blw169 Jan 18, 2008

    I have had the same problem and it was my rollers. The unfortunate thing I am replacing them for the second time in one year. The repairman said the dryer can not handle the same size of load as the Neptune washer can. I have been doing smaller loads but am still having the same problem.



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It's probably the idler on the belt that is squeeking not the rollers. If it is the roller the squeek will change with load, the idler generaly is time.

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Remove the rear panel. unplug dryer before doing anything

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