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Dryer makes a loud squeaking/squealing noise while drying.

Our stackable dryer starts to squeak loudly after a few minutes and continues until the end of the cycle. This is so loud that you can hear it from outside. It seems to dry the clothes fine but the squealing and screeching is almost unbearable. Any solutions or suggestions? Thanks. Tracy Miller

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  • pat1957 Mar 23, 2008

    how do you get to the ball bearing. i.e.: how do you tear it down?

  • teetee1955 Apr 03, 2008

    how to remove panel on dryer

  • so-upset Jun 09, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem, but the Model of my Stacked Washer/Dryer is Frigidaire. Are all model's Stacked Washer/Dryer are like that?

  • eriloo_30 Aug 18, 2008

    hi we have a kenmore stackable. our dryer started out with the squealing noise for awhile, it stopped for a couple weeks now it has gone to a grinding noise, drying clothes fine but grinding untill the end of the cycle could that be the ball bearing.

  • bk1020k Jan 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. How can I replace the belt?

  • Mzlove30 Mar 23, 2009

    I have the same problem. If squeales while drying but it may or may not stop during. What in the world is this?


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If the dryer model number begins with 417, the drum is supported by a ball bearing in back, and a seal and glides up front. Often, the bearing will become very dry, either from years of use, or from excessive lint blowing up into the bearing. If the bearing isn't cracked or otherwise noticeably bad, you can usually solve the issue simply by lubing the bearing with a high temp grease. While the machine is apart...(a major pain in the butt), make sure to check the condition of the seal and glides on the front panel, and replace the belt if it looks at all cracked or frayed.
If this dryer is not a 417 and/or does not have a rear bearing, it's best to get a maintainance kit (belt, idler pulley and drum rollers) and install all the aforementioned parts, as they are the most likely source of screech. Also, check the motor by spinning the shaft manually with the belt off....if that is squeeking, it's motor

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    Matt Trainum Dec 02, 2013

    Dan's comment is really helpful. Thank you. Is the bearing you are referring to under the dryer tub? Do I have to take out the tub to get to it? I have lubricated the area I can access through the panel but that is not really having any effect. I think I may be missing something but I can not figure out how to get the tub out of this particular kind of model


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I need electric diagram of dryer and the schematics of model 98702

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