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Dryer squeaks and is staining clothes with rust. is it the bearing needs replacing?

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Yeah it sounds like the bearings are shot. dryers run at high temps. that takes a toll on the parts. check the belt also it might need replacing too. my dryer has guide pins that the barrel rolls on. one of those broke. its not fun going to the laundrymat.

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