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Kenmore stacked washer/dryer-broken heating coil,ceramic standoff

I have an older model Kenmore stacked washer/dryer combo, model# 417.99170810, circa March 1992 if I'm interpreting the sticker on the top of the unit correctly ("03-92").

I have two problems - one is the dryer drum squealing from the worn out bearing bushing (which I found great help on in this forum), and a broken heating coil.

I have the old type coil that is strung in a circle behind the drum. One of the miniature "Christmas tree"-shaped ceramic standoffs used to hold the heating coil wire off the back mounting plate has broken.

I can buy a replacement heating coil wire for $24 but if I buy the coil wire kit that includes all 15 ceramic standoffs, that kit costs $40 more at $63.75.

My question: Can I just leave the one broken ceramic standoff off when I replace the coil wire and use the remaining original 14 standoffs, or is the risk of some type of accidental grounding of the coil wire and subsequent overheating or even a fire too great?

And if I can leave off one ceramic standoff, which is the best position to leave empty - at the top of the heating coil circle, at the bottom, or on one of the sides?

I'll spend the extra $40 if I absolutely have to, but it sure seems a waste if I don't need to, just for one little replacement standoff.

Thanks in advance!

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first of all. comming from a Sears Technician.. (don't yell) -- the delivery drivers only know about delivering stuff. they dont know too much,
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