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Motor Pulley Squeeling - Maytag MDG5500AWW

Dryer is has a high pitched squeeling noise (hurts my ears) when operating and out of operations and you manually turn the drum. The dryer will operate, however, just a very loud squeeling noise and after it runs I smell a burning smell (like an old sewing machine smell, if you know what I mean - maybe oil)

Turned the drum support wheels; no noise. Turned the motor pulley and that is where the noise is coming from EEEKKKKK. Is this hard to fix?? Do I have to replace the motor???

thanks - Diana

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  • dladamowitz Jun 18, 2009

    Sprayed WD 40 on the motor ends - at first it stopped for about 5 seconds and then squeeling again - I know it is coming from the motor pulley because I got my hands in there and loosened the tension on the motor pulley and turned it and that was the squeeling noise. It seemed difficult to turn. Any thoughts??

  • dladamowitz Jun 18, 2009

    Yes the squeel is coming from the motor shaft - a blown bearing EEEKKK!! How much is a new motor??



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Try spraying wd 40 on the motor ends to see if it will stop if not try the rollers normally they go bad and make the belt squeel.

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  • Bruce Hathcock Jun 18, 2009

    You don't have to replace the motor if you have a grease gun and buy a grease needle at a auto parts store you can grease the bearing with synthetic grease by drilling a small hole 1/32 and sliding the needle into place and grease it then clean it and fill the hole with two part epoxy, or if you want you can replace the motor for about $120 dollars, if you need more help on this procedure just ask here again.


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Are you saying that the motor squeals when you turn the motor shaft? if so a bearing in the motor sounds like it would be bad. you should be able to buy another motor in that case but the cost may warrant you just buying another dryer. maybe you could find a used one from an appliance repair man.

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  • Michael Fenton Jun 18, 2009

    sounds like a motor bearing to me... should be an easy fix and relatively quik fix but the cost may not be worth it to you.

  • Michael Fenton Jun 18, 2009

    I would guess at the motor cost.. and my guess may very well be wrong but the cost i would think would be a 100 dollar bill. this would not include labor if you choose someone to install it for you tho. if this helps please take a moment to rank my answer. good luck...( if it were mine I would replace the motor and not get a new dryer but thats just me)



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