Question about Kenmore Dryers
You can fix this yourself if you haven,t used it long like this. THis is caused by the rollers that support the back of the drum coming wearing out in the middle. this causes them to wobble and drop down. Then the rear top of the drum rides on the metal back which well eventually wear a hole in it.
UNPLUG THE DRYER
1 Take out the lint filter on top and remove the 2 screws there.
2. Use a thin bladeed screwdriver or butter knife to push in the crack right under front top. THere is a clip on each side that has to be pushed in to be able to lift up the top
3. disconnect the wires to the door switch. 2 wires if no drum light 3 if there is a light. If only 2 wires it doesn't matter where they go. If more mark them so you get them back right.
Most gas dryers have a separate bottom panel that just swings down from the top. You may need to pry with a screw driver. Remove this first.
Electric dryers and some newer gas dryers have a solid front panel.
When you lift the top of the dryer prop it up and out of the way. There will be a screw on each side holding the front panel on. It takes a 1/4 inch socket to remove. A solid panel dryer will have clips holding the bottom on. Just pull the top out and away from the drum and lift up. It should come free. If there is a separate bottom panel, loosen but dont remove the screws. This will let you remove the front panel. The drum will drop down. and act like it will fall out, the belt will hold it.
Look under the dryer and pay close attention to how the belt is run. THere is a springy idler pulley It is just held by aslot in the bottom. It will probably fall out when the belt is gone. Pull it back and release the belt. Take out the drum. There will be at least 2 roller wheels supporting the drum in back. These need to be replaced. Possibly the shaft as well. Most of the time just the rollers are worn out in the middle and wobble on the shaft. I always replace the rollers, the belt and the idle pulley. Check the felt seal on the back side of the drum If its damaged replace it. Check the nylon strip that the front rides on. again replace it if needed. Most of the time you just need , belt, rollers and idle pulley They shouldn't cost more than $20 - $35 for all. The main reason for a new belt is that the new belt has a diagram of how to install it. First time is rough. THis shouldn't take more than an hour to do and you really can do it yourself. If you get stuck look in the library for a book with pictures. Most Whirlpool, Kenmore and Roper dryers are all the same. The rollers, and pulley are generic to almost all models. There are only about 3 - 5 different belts
Posted on Jun 29, 2008
It might be a drum roller, they make a lot of noise and they are inexpensive to replace. the drum is held up by these rollers.
Posted on Jun 29, 2008
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