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Hello!! My dryer is making small holes to my clothes. Sometimes i also get a rustlike stain, usually a straight line. Is this a common problem. Is it worth fixing? My combo is about 7 or 8 years old. I already fixed this problem once. Is it going to keep happening? Thank you very much!!! Ilia M.

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  • iliamar Oct 06, 2010

    kenmore model 417.90812991 i called sears they say this model doesnt bring a felt seal. Perhaps something similar. When u reply besides saying the part name please explain briefly what the part looks like and were it is located. Am i going to be able to replace this part myself? Could the holes and the stains be caused by overheating? I have never seen the clothes stucked. Thank you.

  • iliamar Oct 06, 2010

    kenmore model 417.90812991 i called sears they say this model doesnt bring a felt seal. Perhaps something similar. When u reply besides saying the part name please explain briefly what the part looks like and were it is located. Am i going to be able to replace this part myself? Could the holes and the stains be caused by overheating? I have never seen the clothes stucked. Thank you.

  • iliamar Oct 07, 2010

    What do you mean "pop up the top open" -open the front door?, There are about 3 or 4 screws on top of the front panel, is that all I need to unscrew and the front panel will come out? What is the door switch and how do I disconnect it? Is there a trick to placing and glueing the glide and seal? I wouldn't want to mess it up and end up spending more. I am a spanish female, even thouh I am pretty handy I've never done this before and the parts in english are a bit harder for me to understand. So sorry if I ask too much. Thanks for your help. Ilia

  • iliamar Oct 13, 2010

    I finally got the parts, however the process isnt as easy as you described it. I took the top screws off and the front panel didnt completely come off. Just the top part. I had to start searching for other screws at the bottom to see if i could remove the whole thing. I found other screws at the bottom of the panel and unscrewed them. Then the smallest panel were the buttons are kind of came of. Thats when i finally saw the wires you were talking about. Meanwhile the front panel is still hanging and i am alone with no one to help me to hold it until i could see if i found another set of screws since the panel coulndnt come out because it has a bigger part that needs nore disasembilng before being able to completley remove. I am not able to put the whole thing back because i am alone. I decided it was more difficult and risky than i thought. I dont want to mess up my dryer. I called a technician that will be here hopefully this afternoon. I really appreciate your effort. But you made it seem a lot easier than it actually was. FixYa is charging me $12 when i thought the charge was only $6 and i am hesitant to even pay that
    Because now i have to pay a technician anywyas. If you can give me clearer instructions on the steps i already made and i am able to fix it myself before the technician gets here. I wont mind paying. I can can get somebody to help me hold things while i keep unscrewing. I wish i can send a picture so you could see what i mean.

  • iliamar Oct 13, 2010

    I finally got the parts, however the process isnt as easy as you described it. I took the top screws off and the front panel didnt completely come off. Just the top part. I had to start searching for other screws at the bottom to see if i could remove the whole thing. I found other screws at the bottom of the panel and unscrewed them. Then the smallest panel were the buttons are kind of came of. Thats when i finally saw the wires you were talking about. Meanwhile the front panel is still hanging and i am alone with no one to help me to hold it until i could see if i found another set of screws since the panel coulndnt come out because it has a bigger part that needs nore disasembilng before being able to completley remove. I am not able to put the whole thing back because i am alone. I decided it was more difficult and risky than i thought. I dont want to mess up my dryer. I called a technician that will be here hopefully this afternoon. I really appreciate your effort. But you made it seem a lot easier than it actually was. FixYa is charging me $12 when i thought the charge was only $6 and i am hesitant to even pay that
    Because now i have to pay a technician anywyas. If you can give me clearer instructions on the steps i already made and i am able to fix it myself before the technician gets here. I wont mind paying. I can can get somebody to help me hold things while i keep unscrewing. I wish i can send a picture so you could see what i mean.

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It is a common problem and caused by worn felt seals which allow the clothes to get caught between the bulkhead and the ends of the drum. The only viable solution is the replacement of the worn felt seal. Indicate the exact model number of the machine for further advice. You don't have to accept or reject and rate this post to add information or post comments and follow-up questions. But accepting a solution will not stop you from communicating with an expert. You may continue communicating with the expert as long as you need assistance regarding the issue stated herein.

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    Jahn27 Oct 06, 2010

    You dryer has the upper front felt glides and the lower front felt seal with part numbers 5303937139 and 5303283286 respectively. They are located glued on the inside of the front panel where the front edge of the drum rests into. Pop up the top open then remove the screws securing the front panel to the cabinet and pull it away after disconnecting the door switch. Remove the old worn seal or glide then glue the new one in place.

    For more information on the locations of these parts, refer to item numbers 20 and 23 on the http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PL..." target="_blank" rel="nofollow" >exploded view diagram.

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    Jahn27 Oct 07, 2010

    "Pop up the top open" means raise the top cover to have access to the front panel screws securing it to the cabinet. Once the screws are removed the front panel can come off.

    The door switch is the one that the door activates when it is closed, a switch that the door activates. Disconnect the wires from its terminals before you can remove the front panel.

    There's no trick in gluing the felt seals to the front panel. Just make sure the old felt is totally removed with no residue left on the front panel.

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