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Dryer started out squeeling and now is making loud sounds?

We have a whirlpool dryer and last week when drying is started out squeeling softly and over time got loud. We stopped using it, cleaned out all of the lint and now it works, but is sounding like it is grinding loudly, when it over heats its automatically shutting itself off? Got any pointers, before we spend an arm and a leg to purchase a new one? or pay to get this one fixed? We'd like to try to fix it ourselves.

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  • Anonymous May 16, 2008

    my dryer is doing the smae thing. What is the solution because I' ve only had it five years and don't feel it should be time to replace it.

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Did you clean the dryer interior cabinet? If so, did you inspect the blower fan housing for obstructions? The dryer will overheat without proper air flow. Did you check the vent line completely? That is to include the section of hose that runs from the back of the dryer to the exhaust outside. Make sure the vent is not kinked or clogged in any way. The grinding noise may be attributed to worn drum support rollers, and or the idler pulley being worn. All the rollers should be inspected periodically to ensure lint accumulations don't keep them from rotating freely. If the idler pulley becomes worn, the drum belt will show tell-tale signs. Another thing that make a dryer sound noisy is a worn drum seal. This is the felt liner on the end of the drum. If you haven't checked any of these items, you should. Please post back and let me know what you have done, so I can assist you further. Repair the unit yourself is still a cheaper option. Not trying to insult your intelligence here. Just want to be thorough.

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Grinding and squealing noises with this model (if the model number is correct) are usually attributed to the drum support rollers and/or idler pulley needing lubricated. Use a light weight turbine oil on the shaft area only. DO NOT lubricate the rubber portion of the rollers.

If the front drum glide support is worn or has something caught in it, the dryer may also exhibit noisy operation. The same is true of the rear drum seal is worn. You shouldn't have to replace an ENTIRE dryer for noise.

All these parts COMBINED cost less than $80. There all available at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in you complete model number in the "Search by Model Number" window and the parts can be found under the following headers:

"Cabinet Parts"
Item 53 - Idler and Pulley Assy. (part #691366)

"Bulkhead Parts"
Item 44 - Roller Support (part #349241T)
Item 62 - Ring Bearing (part #279441)
Item 66 - Rear Seal (part #279857)

The website has helpful illustrations to assist on part location and assembly. The site also has handy Do-It-Yourself manuals by calling 1-800-252-1698 (if needed).

To access all the components, you need to lift the top and remove the front of the dryer. On some dryers this is accomplished by pulling the top panel towards you then lifting up. On others, you will need to lift the console by placing a putty knife under each front corner and pushing in while lifting up. Once the console is lifted, there are three screws to remove and teh top panel will slide forward then up. CAUTION: UNPLUG the dryer PRIOR to servicing. Pay particular attention to how the dryer belt is installed so you can re-install later. If you forget, repairclinic.com has dryer belt diagrams for most major brands under their "Repair Help" section.

NOTE: If you disassemble the dryer to this point, take the time to inspect the dryer belt. This may be a good time to replace it.

I hope this information answers some of your questions.

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