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The idler pulley on my kenmore dryer is squeaking very bad. I greased it and it lasted several months, but now the squeak is back. should i replace the pulley or is there a better "grease" to use that would last longer?

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You will DEFINITELY want to replace the pulley!


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    • 2 Raise the top of the dryer. You will do this by inserting a putty knife into the crack between the top and front panel. Push against the spring clips to release. There will be one clip on each side of the dryer. Once the top has been released you can disconnect the wires to the door switch located on the right side on the backside of the front panel.
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