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I have a Kenmore Stackable Washer/Dryer 417.99170120 which squeeks/skweels

I have read to use vasaline to lubricate the rear bearing and socket. Before I attempt it, I dont have any service manual for my machine and was wondering the best way to access the bearing at the rear of the dryer drum. With the stackable is accessed from the rear of the machine or some other way.

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  • Jan Post Mar 10, 2008

    Havent yet worked on it but I was wondering if the kenmore/whirlpool laundry center 417.99170120 has both dryer drum rollers and a central bearing. I could not find any part for this model number dryer drum rollers.

  • giveitup637 Dec 15, 2008

    I have the same problem less than a year old and had service man lubricate rear drum bearing, all under warranty, now a year later same thing only no warranty and I won't pay for service man. This is a problem with these units, Sears should come good for it. Anyway I'm looking for step by step instructions on hold to dismantle so I can lubricate or replace the bearing. Thanks for any help.

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Use only a high temperature lithium grease,Vaseline will liquefy and drip out. This is not an easy task.. The top cover, control panel, front panel and drum will have to be removed to access the bearing. Two people are HIGHLY recommended for this task. If this has been going on for awhile, suggest purchasing new bearing before taking apart. (bearing is plastic and wears down when grease dries out)

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Look at back of dryer and see if an inner panel is removeable. If yes, I would try that. And instead of vasoline, get some lubricant like grease at a hardware store, as long as you are going through the trouble, you might as well get some good lubricant. Vasoline can smell a little when it gets old and good lubricant should hold up better. Good luck!

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  • peter phillips Mar 10, 2008

    I don't know your model, but in my experience if it really squeaks it is better to replace the bearing rather than simply lubricate it, so I think you are on the right track. The bearing kit comes with a little tube of lubricant. Don't know whether you will also need rollers, but it is best to order them and if you don't need you can probably return onopened package. These parts should be stocked by your kenmore/whirpool center, but if not, I have located other appliance part dealers on web. Try searching for "appliance parts" on google to locate suppliers.

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