I have a 3 year old Kenmore Elite HE3, model #42822 201. A little while ago it developed a ticking noise when the drum turned. I could not track it down then, but it is getting worse. When I took the belt off it seemed to to away, I also noticed a lot of play in the rear pulley at the back of the drum. How much is OK? Is that pulley supposed to have play or is it supposed to be tight?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: How much play in rear pulley
Scott, the pulley should be tight, no play, Check to see if one of spokes are cracked on the pulley. I do believe that you have a 5 year warranty on the bearings on this machine, parts only. It's a huge job to replace the bearings on this model. Give Sears a call to see if they will cover the parts. You will need the rear tub and bearing kit...Good luck
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there are 4 drum rollers thats support the drum and have bronze bushings in them that could be worn and making nose. also the units belt does have an idler pulley with a bearing in it too. any of these could make a noise when they get warmed up or hot. its not likely that they are worn out already. i would guess you dryer is only a few years old so unless you use it 3-4 times a day it would be unusual. it also could be the drive motor, as there have been some of these that have failed. if you can take it apart and see if any of the bearings i mentioned are tight, then replace that part. if not and you suspect the motor, then call sears and get the "service smart plan" it will cover any of the repairs as changing the motor will cost about 250 bucks if you have to pay to have it done and the plan will be cheaper then that.
You need to check if the Spray Arms are knocking against an item in a basket. If the source of noise cannot be determined, run a program without plates or glassware. If the noises continue, let me know for further investigation.
Ours started knocking several months ago and then progressed to a high pitched sound when in the spin cycle. I manually turned the drum and heard and felt a bearing roughness. I lifted the drum assembly and felt a fair amount of play, which I think the initial knocking noise came from. On the sears web site a new rear drum mount cost 293.00. Today we went and bought a LG model wm2455hw at Home depot, on sale until 2/20/08. I couldn't see paying to repair a machine that only lasted four years.