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I am unable to find the vent that leads from the lint screen to the back of the dryer, I am using a narrow vaccum to clean it out, but it keeps getting caught on something. Is there not a clear path, if not there are a lot of places for the lint to get trapped within the dryer, forgetting the dryer vent leading outside.

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No i dont believe their is a clear path. depending on your model it may bend in the rear back.if your filter is on the front of the dryer when u open the door then the vent bends to the left but their is a blower wheel u are probably hitting. can go through the back and get most of it after u have cleaned out the front. if your filter is on the top then you can only clean so much. the unit needs to come apart to clean it out properly.

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