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I have a rubbing sound coming from the gas dryer drum

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The rubbing sound is probably due to worn or missing glides around the dryer opening that the drum rides on. These are usually mounted on a felt strip that is glued to the front panel of the dryer. Remove the front panel and you will see this strip. It is easy to replace and comes in a kit with the glue. Make sure you clean the area after removing the old strip so the glue will adhere properly. If this strip and glides are in good shape, I would look at the bearing or rollers at the back of the drum and check clearance around the drum for rubbing. Hope this will fix ya.

Posted on May 06, 2010

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Another thing to look for is a metal silencer plate that is usually mounted along the side panels. This plate is glued on and is used for noise reduction. Sometimes it comes off and will rub against the drum.

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