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How do I fix a squealy elct. dryer?

Squeal is intermittent, about every third load.

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John Morganti

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SOURCE: My Maytaag dryer has a loud intermittent squeal.

I think the drum drive belt is slipping because it occurs more with a large load. Other possibilities are: A drum support wheel bearing could need lubrication or be replaced. Also some drum support wheels have a rubber coating that wears off causing misalignment and noise. Possibly drum gasket (sometimes felt material) where drum meets rear panel is worn allowing metal-to-metal contact--should be replaced. See the following for info about dryer repair including belt replacement:http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-repair-a-dryer.htm

Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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Dan Webster

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SOURCE: Our front load fridgidare dryer has began to squeal

You need a rear bearing most likely (5303281153)
This kit includes all that you need to redo the drum bearing. I have repair photos HERE


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Posted on Mar 08, 2010

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