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I have an Amana LE4307W. The problem is the squirrel cage is rubbing against the front cover at one point. What would cause this? How do I fix it?

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The drum (squirrel cage) is guided by wheels that have bearings. They are generally located at the bottom of the drum and more than likely you will have to pull the front of the dryer off to see these bearings. they are not very expensive on most older models but are a fair pain to get to. You should probably replace your belt at the same time.

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