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No. If your hearing "scratching" noises there's two wheel bearings that could be bad or the felt that surrounds the drum on front and back.

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Not quite sure where to go from here, but have you tried this:

With the engine running, lube the idler pulley shaft with WD-40 or the like. If the noise stops or subsides, you have likely found the problem. If not, you know to look elsewhere.

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The squeak may be coming from the drum rollers, check them to see if they need lubrication.
I recommend that you use a good grade of machine oil to lube them such as 3 in One oil. Lube them at the shaft of the roller. Also check the rollers to see if they have flat spots on them, if they do then they will need to be replaced.
Recheck your location of the idler arm bracket with pulley to see that you have it in the right location and that the spring is also in the right location. Look for wear spots on the frame and idler arm and match them up.
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Drum won't turn

Your problem could be a broken belt or a belt that has come off the motor or idler arm pulley.
Try this first:
Unplug the dryer, then reach inside and rotate the drum 1/4-1/2 turn.
Plug the dryer back in and push the start button. Sometimes this helps because a motor will get a dead zone in it and this will move it from the dead zone.
If that does not work, If you have a front loading machine:
Remove the front of the machine, this will expose the drum and belt, remove the drum and belt and this will expose the drum rollers, motor, and idler arm with pulley.
While you have the drum out of the way, it is a good time to lube the drum rollers and check them for flat spots. Lube the drum rollers at the shaft with a good grade of machine oil such as 3 in One oil.
If the rollers have flat spots on the, then they will need to be replaced.
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The situation will only worsen. The belt is best replaced before it breaks.

Items to pay attention to, when the drum drive belt is replaced, are:
(1) Clean and lube the idler pulley and drum roller shafts.
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