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When drum turns, it makes a loud squeaking noise.

The dryer works, i.e., it heats and turns but makes a loud squeaking noise when the drum is turning. Is this something that CAN be fixed by a novice or is it a "don't it yourself" project.

I'd appreciate any input.

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  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2007

    The MDE4000 has a solid back. Internal access is from the front or top.

  • momfixit Nov 19, 2008

    I am having the same, exact problem. It sounds like birds are in the dryer.

    Was anyone able to resolve this problem? Did it get worse and the dryer just stop? Was there a workaround for it?


    Thank you for any help/ideas.

  • cemlatham Dec 12, 2008

    The squeaking lasts for a few minutes and then goes away each time I use the Maytag Neptune Dryer. Can I fix this myself or do I need to call a repair man?

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Pil...this might be a dozen different things. It might be a slipping belt...either on the motor or on the drum. It might also be a dry bearing. Or...it might even be some sort of object that fell between the drum and the housing. With the power off, remove the back of the unit. Turn it on and listen but don't touch anything with the power on. You might be able to do this yourself.

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You should also not be surprised to find foreign debris in the blower. The occasional bird, rodent or squirrel has been known to bypass the out vent cover. If they crawl into the exhaust tube the first thing they come into contact with is the blower wheel.

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Worn Belt
A worn belt can stretch and/or become brittle with age. The belt can then slip on the drum or motor to cause squeaking. If this is the case, the solution is to replace the worn belt.

The belt is not the only item that can cause squeaking. It can also be caused by a faulty idler pulley, worn drum bearings, worn drum glides or worn drum rollers depending on brand and style.

When replacing the Belt is is a good idea to also change the Drum Support Rollers, Drum Glides, Idler Pulley and Clips. All of these items are economical easily changeable when replacing the belt. The upside is that your dryer will operate like new.

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Some dryer models are equipped with Drum Glides. The front of the dryer rests on these glides. They provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. After time however, this glides wear down. Much like an automobile brakes, these glides make a load grinding noise when they wear thin. This griding against the drum usually leaves a bare metal stripe that is visible at the point of contact. If the glides are worn, the solution is to replace them.

The drum glides not the only items that can cause squeaking. It can also be caused by a faulty idler pulley, worn drum bearings, a worn belt or worn drum rollers depending on brand and style.

When replacing the Drum Glides it is a good idea to also change the Drum Support Rollers, Drum Belt, Idler Pulley and Clips. All of these items are economical and easily changeable when replacing the glides. The upside is that your dryer will operate like new.
Worn Rear Drum Bearing
Some dryer models are equiped with a Rear Drum Bearing. The rear of the drum rests on this bearing. It provides a low friction surface on which the drum spins. After time however, this bearing will wear down. If the bearing is worn, the solution is to replace it.

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When replacing the rear drum bearing it is a good idea to also change the drum glides, drum support rollers, drum belt, idler pulley and clips depending on make and model. All of these items are economical and easily changeable when replacing the rear drum bearing. The upside is that your dryer will operate like new.
Worn Drum Support Rollers
Some dryers such as Whirlpool/Kenmore brands are equipped with Rear Drum Support Rollers. The weight of the dryer drum rests on these rollers. They provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins when in operation. After time however, these rollers wear down. When they wear, often times they begin to elongate and form a non-round 'cam' shape. The result is that when the dryer is turned on it creates a rumble that sounds as though you are trying to dry a pair of tennis shoes. This sound is usually the drum being forced up and down on the non-round wheels. If the rollers are worn, the solution is to replace them.


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