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Noisy drum dryer 4 yrs. old , .it`s making a noise like there`s a pair of sneakers drying . Any help would be appreciated.. Whirlpool gas dryer model #367031

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You may have a rear drum support issue. There are 2 rollers,(supports), 1 at 4 o'clock and 1 at 7 o'clock. If the bushing in the roller becomes elongated,(elliptical), it will give a thumping noise, as you describe.
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