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Banging noise when the drum is spinning

My Kenmore clothes dryer model # 970-C88072-00 makes a banging noise when the drum is spinning. I am suspecting a drum bearing. Is there a parts manual that I can reference?? How much trouble is it to fix?? Are parts readily available??

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ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE STARTING ANY REPAIRS
Your problem sounds like drum rollers have flat spots on them or in need of lubrication.
You can get a parts manual from this website:

http://www.applianceaid.com/


If you have a front loading machine,

Remove the electrical console that holds the timer switch, start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer.
Be REAL CAREFUL not to knock any of the wires off of the timer switch. Then remove the top of the dryer.
Remove the front of the dryer. This will expose the drum and belt. Remove the drum and belt and this will expose the drum rollers, idler arm pulley and motor.
Now is a good time to check the belt to see if it has slipped off of the idler arm pulley and also check the belt condition for wear.
Be sure to note the route of the belt, this will come in handy when you go to reinstall the belt.
Check your drum rollers for flat spots, if they have flat spots on them replace them.
If the drum rollers don't have flat spots on them then they probably only need lubrication. Lubricate the shaft of the rollers with a good grade of machine oil such as 3 in One oil. Reassemble the dryer, plug back in. This should solve your noise problem.
I will include these two websites for parts and further help:
http://www.partselect.com/
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/index.aspx
Both also have chat assistance 24/7.
Good Luck,
I hope this helps

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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I had the same problem -- the banging started suddenly but got worse and worse. I took the top off, looked inside, spun the drum around several times, and lo and behold a wooden bead fell out! Who know how it got there, but no banging now that it is gone!

Posted on Aug 07, 2010

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