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My whirpool duet dryer leaves 1-2 inch brown streaks on my light colored clothes. The streaks do not come out. The felt liners at the front and rear look alright. It makes no noises. I can't see anything in the drum that looks worn.

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    Marina Will May 24, 2014

    I have this same problem. 2 inch brown streaks on clothing. I had a dryer repairman come and look at it and he shrugged it off and had no idea why, or what to do. The dryer works fine (if not for the streaks), but this is ruining a lot of clothing. Any ideas out there?

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