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This dryer was just moved from one garage where it was in storage to my basement. Dryer runs fine but the drum is difficult to turn and seems to be "off" a bit if I take my hand and push down and back a bit on the drum it becomes centered in back. could something have come loose during moving and where do I begin to fix this thing.... Thanks Bruce

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There are several possibilities. Your dryer drum may be off track with the rear drum support rollers. There is a groove that runs along the circumference of the drum that the rollers are supposed to ride it. Or, you may have roller that is binding up and not rolling freely. Lint can accumulate on them and causes them to stick. If you haven't cleaned the dryer interior lately, or lubricated the rollers, it may be time to do so. You could also have a rear drum seal that is worn and may be causing the drum not to stay seated properly. Please let me know if you have checked any of these possibilites. I can provide you instructions on how to replace any parts, if necessary.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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