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How To Fix A Dryer

So about a year ago my dryer started making this shrill squeaking noise. My mom called a repair man and $180 later the noise was gone. A few weeks ago the noise came back. Not wanting to see my mom waste our money again I did some research and took the thing apart. Due to the simple inner workings of a dryer it was easy to diagnose the problem.
 
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Step 1: Diagnose the Problem

This website helped me a lot.
http://www.repairclinic.com/0088_8_1.asp#Level1_7

I clicked on what was wrong, found a diagram of my dryers model, and opened it up. Its really not hard to see what wrong. Once you do, find the tools and parts you need and get to work.

My culprit was a bad drum roller. So I found 2 on Ebay for a $10 and picked up some ring Snap-Ring Pliers at home depot (harborfreight.com had them for $3.00!)

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=3316

Step 2: Take It Apart

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Its all really straight forward.
Take off the door,
remover the front panel,
remove the front assembly (watch the wire),
move the drum out of the way,
and your there!
elmarco381 year ago
Really Cool instructable. My dryer was making this loud almost screaming / clunking sounding like everything was breaking apart inside noises. Turned out I only needed an idler pully. Geat job.
 Hey, very cool!
I had a HORRIFYING SCREECHING noise coming from my dryer once. when I took it apart, something was rubbing against the front pane, ended up fixing it by jamming an old cookie sheet in the gap that made it wobble..... lol.

I like your fix better tho!
:)

I love the photo.  It totally made me smile.
 
Before doing ANYTHING, unplug the dryer. 240v can potentially kill you. And if it doesn't, it definitely hurts really bad.

I worked for an appliance repair company for a number of years and what I always did was use some steel wool on the roller posts to clean off any rust/corrosion etc. Wipe w/ a rag then use some lube on the post and in the new roller itself. Most all-purpose oil lubes will work for it. Anything real slippery.

It's also a good idea to clean and use a very small amount of lube on the plastic glides that support the front of the drum. Replace if necessary. This is a good time to replace the belt also.

Also not a bad idea to go ahead and shop-vac any lint that has gathered inside the dryer. You can get in there and remove the lint that has built up in the blower housing and anywhere else you find it. You can take an air compressor and give the motor a blast to clear any lint from there. Just a good way to extend the life of your machine.
 Oh, and it doesn't hurt to wear a pair of gloves while working on a dryer. A good pair of mechanic gloves work nice for tactile purposes.

Most companies don't machine the inside edges of the sheet metal and they can be razor sharp. I'm actually convinced that some appliance manufacturers sharpen the edges to agitate repair men! haha.
Calorie4 years ago
Well done. I wish that there was more of a section of Instructables dedicated to fixing things.
vikolord5 years ago
i love that pic lmao
5 stars for the picture! 
ya its hilarious i lmfaool
chattypatty6 years ago
This is so great! My dryer is also squealing like a hog and I just hate paying Sears to come to my house..another thing it's doing is leaving these yucky brown stripes on the clothes (no, it's not what u think! tsk,tsk). Maybe rust or something, I'll let u'all know after I operate.
James Haskin (author)  chattypatty6 years ago
When taking it apart, the most important thing is being able to put it back together. I put all the screw and stuff in a jar so not to lose anything. Also since i have a digital camera I take a picture of what screw or bolt goes where. Some times i ever draw out directions backwards.
Scott_Tx6 years ago
I just had to do the same thing to my drier last month. While I was in there I cleaned everything out too and added a solid metal tube vent. It works a lot better now. I didnt use any lube, I figured in such a dusty environment it would clog up.
James Haskin (author)  Scott_Tx6 years ago
Yeah, I thought of that but its such a tight fit i cant see anything getting in there and if it it become a problem I'll clean it out and post on this instructable. Can you believe how easy working on a dryer is though? I mean anyone can do it.
The hard part was $18 for a new wheel, yikes!
James Haskin (author)  Scott_Tx6 years ago
for two wheels+no charge for labor :]
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Excellent! Sears stores usually have a parts section for almost any make of washer and dryer or any other appliance. You can even check their website and their prices are very good.
Would you mind adding this Instructable to my group Home Repair, Refurbishment, and Projects it would be good to have your project their.