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Clothes get caught between drum at front of dryer

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The drum has either worn out its felt(front), a fabric bearing, or the roller(rear) bearings, or both, and dropped enough to make a gap. new rollers are3 about $15 /pair, felts between $13 & $90 depending on model.
Generic replacement is simple, and really while you got it apart, do both, the strain of twisting off axis will make the remaining good end fail shortly
The generic steps may not be correct for the actual dryer model.

Felt seal
for most dryers,
Go buy HiTemperature silicone adhesive (tube)
tools required couple pairs locking pliers/visegrips screwdrivers

Unplug dryer
remove the front cover, either

  • couple screws at the bottom and spring clips to pop off with a screw driver OR
  • couple of spring clips to hold the top lid on, then screws top and bottom of both sides

    examine the case to find the exact mounting
unclip cables from door switch
set front panel aside
unhook drive belt from tensioner pulley
pull drum forward and out

remove old felt
scrape off old adhesive
put adhesive per instructions (some 2 surfaces some 1) on drum/felt
clip felt in place on drum with visegrip at 1 point
stretch felt around drum, gluing and clipping in place with vicegrips as you go
allow glue to set

reassemble in reverse order


Roller bearings
for most dryers,
tools required needle pliers/visegrips screwdrivers

Unplug dryer
remove the front cover, either

  • couple screws at the bottom and spring clips to pop off with a screw driver OR
  • couple of spring clips to hold the top lid on, then screws top and bottom of both sides

    examine the case to find the exact mounting
unclip cables from door switch
set front panel aside
unhook drive belt from tensioner pulley
pull drum forward and out

remove old rollers:
  • pry triangular circlip from axle post
  • discard circlip
  • remove and discard roller
  • install new roller
  • install new circlip
    ALWAYS replace rollers in pairs

    reassemble in reverse order
wow took longer to type than it actually takes to do it

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Frigidaire dryer gets clothes caught in between the drum, and body of dryer

Even if there's nothing wrong with the appliance, this sort of thing can happen if you put too many many clothes in at once. If the drum is more than about a third full, some machines will start to get it wrong. If you're sure that isn't the problem, then inspect the machine carefully. Look for door hinges or catch loose or broken and for damaged or missing seal strips on the body or on the edge of the drum. Finally, grab the inside of the drum and try to move it up and down, then towards you and away (can't really imagine you've lost a bearing without noticing the noise, but it costs nothing to check). A.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007

applianceboy
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SOURCE: Take apart a kenmore front load dryer

the serial number found on the door frame sticker will tell me who manufactured it for sears. I could then discribe to you how to complete the repair. sounds like the drum glides are worn. easy repair. once I know what drier it is i could even send you the part numbers. one way to quickly check is lift the drum up from inside the drier and see how much space is between the drum and the support at the front. it should be no more than 3/16 of an inch to a quarter inch.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007

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SOURCE: My clothes are getting caught in my dryer.

I am having this same problem with my GE dryer. I found a post on fixitnow.com from a guy that has repaired these for years. He says it is the rear drum bearing. Looks like a pretty easy fix, I am going to try to do it myself. If you try this, I have also read that you should spend the extra $10 to go ahead and replace the drums front felt glide kit.

http://fixitnow.com/2005/03/field-notes-frigidaire-dryer-front.htm

Good Luck!

Posted on Mar 25, 2009

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SOURCE: clothes getting caught between drum and front of

Hello Friend, This problem is real common in Hotpoint/GE dryers. Your solution is simple. You need to replace the front drum bearing and glider pads. It's actually pretty simple to do. Just remove front of dryer cabinet. After removal just look at backside of dryer front around the inner door. You will see where the dryer drum has turned and wore a hole in the plastic piece above the dryer door. This piece is called the front drum bearing. Just unsnap this piece and snap in a new one. Be sure to replace the little plastic glide pads onto the top of the drum bearing before re-installing the dryer cabinet front. The front drum bearing and glider pads are sold seperately so make sure you have everything you need before you begin. This should solve your problem. Happy to help, Tim. Thanks.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Dryer is eating clothes

suspect you have to buy a new part. I think they design them to go soft after only a year, so you have to replace them or buy a whole new machine.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Clothing getting caught on lint

Probably has extra space between drum because the front felt guides on the drum have worn. This can be accessed by removing the front panel.

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

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