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Back of dryer

How do you get the back off the dryer? I took all the screws out and it was stilled stuffed down as if it was painted on or had spot welts on it. (I don't actually know what a spot welt is, but my boyfriend told me to say that...). He replaced the belt and it is still making a noise like a train is stopping. It is running, and actually has stopped making the noise for the past 10 minutes... What prompted me to replace the belt was that it made a high pitched noise when I first pushed the start button..for a day,and then when I put clothes in the drum wouldn't turn. Then when I took the clothes out the drum did turn, but it made the noise...I am suspicious it was a tiny lego piece.that may have dislodged? Any ideas?

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  • pakent9 Aug 18, 2008

    I also have the same problem i am trying to get the back off the dryer so that i can change the belts. I just am having more fun then i want. I can't get the drum to turn? have you fixed the problem>
    email me if you have



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Always disconnect power

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    the Front comes off, the back is fixed and rigid.
  1. remove the lint screen
  2. remove the screws that hold the lint screen holder to the lid
  3. there are spring clips at the front corners that can be pressed in with a putty knife or other blunt blade to unlock the top cover.
  4. raise the top
  5. there are screws either side of the front, inside the case points to the front heads to the rear, remove them,
  6. unplug the door switch, lift front off drum and supports and away.
reassemble in reverse

easy access to drum to remove it and replace felt ring, rollers belts.
When you replpace the belt, you should check the felt bearing around the open end of the drum, and the pully/idler wheels as well.
Often the cause of the belt breaking is the extra force needed to turn the drum when the felt or rollers are fubar.

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