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Dryer motor spindle mounts, which are made of hard rubber, are worn. There is a lot of play and the machine vibrates very loudly. There isn't an obvious way to remove/replace the mounts. Any suggestions would be appreciated. It is an Amana dryer model LE8607W2. Thanks.

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  • ccwh Jul 07, 2008

    I meant the spindles on the actual motor. I've checked around on the web and it seems that the bearings on the motor are worn out. Some of the symptoms were a noisy dryer (even after replacing the drum support rollers, drum glides, belt and blower wheel). I had to help start the drum with a push... Is there a way to replace the bearings?


  • Kirk Severs
    Kirk Severs May 11, 2010

    There are drive wheels that allow the drum to ride on them, those have bearings in the middle of them and can be removed/replaced. The bearings will wear out and make a loud racket. Are the 'mounts' you refer to the wheels I am talking about?


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Some motors are not accessible to replacing any parts. I would guess that many of today's dryers are that way, not sure about yours. It sounds like things are too tight on your drum/belt/motor assembly because of your having to give the drum some help. There should be some kind of adjustment on the drive wheel that the belt that goes around the drum starts on. If you loosen the adjustment enough to let it 'breathe' a little and not be so tight, that might be the genesis of your situation. As far as replacing the bearings in the motor, you probably will have to replace the motor since as I mentioned many of today's motors have no user accessible parts to replace.

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