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Noisy Dryer Drum - Squealing/Grinding type Noise.

I opened the front loading door to the dryer. I grabbed the drum with one hand, and I could move it up and down freely. It is resting on the door panel. I'm guessing this is the source of the noise. When I looked in the back of the unit, I noticed black rubbery/powdery substance where the drum is fastened in the center.

Before I go any further, taking the drum and things apart...Is this something simple that I can fix, or should I suck it up and call a Pro?

Model # 41799175120
drum is loose in dryer stack unit

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Okay this is a stack unit, what you have is a rear bearing problem, This will also cause your tub to lean. it is located in the back, to make your unit right go ahead and buy the rear bearing, it will come with a white coupler, bearing and you will need to lubricate it....

also for a couple of more dollars order you the front seal, this is the white felt that surrounds the door...

1. top felt
2. bottom felt.


thanks

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