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How do you replace the rear drum bearing on the dryer? It heats and tumbles but makes a terrible squeaking noise in the process! We have the part # 131825900. Our dryer is a ten year old Tappan TDE336REWO serial XD61781269 Thanks.

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  • jkahle9 Apr 30, 2008

    VERY good instructions, but I have one more question about the small ball bearing...Does that just get placed in the plastic bearing PRIOR to putting the drum back in?



    This was REALLY helpful, thanks very much

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Hello Jkahle9,
You are in for a big job there. I will try to give you the best step by step possible. First get you a rear bearing part number 131825900. This part retails for $5.96 but you may pay as much as $11.99 This is only for the bearing not the ball that goes on the back of the tub. You will also need some white lithium grease. You will put a small about inside the rear bearing.You may also want to have a second person to help screw the bearing in place.
Step one will be to unplug the machine and pull it out so you will have access to the back. Most of the repair will be done from the front of the machine.
step 2, You will need to pop up the top of the machine. You do this by inserting a flat blade screwdriver into the two clips holding the top down. They are located about two inches from the left and right side front under the top.
Then you will need to remove the front panel and door. You will do this by removing the two screws from the top left and right of the inside of the front panel. the front will then tilt forward from the top and lift off. Use caution because your door swith will still have two wires attached. You can leave these inplace.
next will be to remove the belt from around the tub. To do this reach underneath the tub and remove the belt from the idler pulley and the motor shaft. Remember how you take this off because you will be putting it back shortly. When the belt is loose you will use it to lift the tub upward with a sharp ****. The rear of the tub has a ball and socket joint and the ball must be pulled up and out of the bearing. When the rear of the tub lifts up you will then remove the tub out the front exposing the rear bearing and the heating element. Note, If you damage the heating element while doing this you will need to head back out to the appliance store and buy a new one. You can not take extra slack out of the heater if you have stretched it.
The final step will be replacing the bearing. Use caution so you do not loose the small ball bearing in the rear center of the bearing. You will have two screw to remove and a small metal bracket on the back of the machine. When reinstalling the screws you may need that second person to hold this bracket. Once installed and the small ball bearing is inplace add the grease. Look at the ball on the back of the tub to make sure it is not bad. If it looks ok then just reassemle and start drying. Good luck. MCA0824@aol.com

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

  • Michael Anderson May 02, 2008

    Hi again Jkahle9,

    The small ball bearing will go on the back flat side of the new bearing you bought. The rear bearing has a small hole on the back center of it and after you mount the bearing you can go around behind the dryer and slide the small ball bearing in behind the little metal holder. Lots of luck to ya.

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