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I have been getting brown streaks after drying clothes in my whirlpool dryer. they are about an inch long. My dryer is about 12 years old. Is it worth getting new drum seals or ghetting a new dryer?? ( looks like it won't be a whirlpool!) The problem has been going on about four months.

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There's another possibilty. I had the brown mark problem on my Whirlpool LER4634EQ1. It turns out that the inner drum seal wore the paint of the pilot diameter on the inner wall. The pilot diameter rusted and the rust transfered onto the seal. The marks on the clothes are rust marks. I replaced the seal on mine, but don't know how long it will last. You may need to try and paint the pilot diameter. The seal with glue was $34 delivered.

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    Robert Veldman Dec 09, 2010

    It's been over 6 months since I made this repair. No brown marks. keeping my fingers crossed.

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Try cleaning the entire air vent system of lint first including the exit vent panel (to the outside air). Remove the lint screen and wash it in detergent and hot water. The brown streaks are probably scorch marks rather than oil or grease entering the drum. Good air movement is essential to holding the drying temperature down. Hope this saves that old Whirlpool for another decade!

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