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O/T Kenmore dryer repair

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by joe kuhn, Jan 21, 2010.

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  1. joe kuhn

    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    This was relatively easy. I opened the bottom panel and noticed filings below the one roller. A new roller and axle at the Sears parts store for $30 and we're back in business.

    Problem is, it goes ka-thunk...ka-thunk...ka-thunk, not real bad, but it is noticeable. Dryer is 13 years old. It's way better than it used to be, but I'm concerned the fix didn't go deep enough because of my shallow experience and knowledge. I couldn't see any other problems after cleaning the area below the drum. Ran it with the front panel off and couldn't see anything. Belt drive seemed tight enough. Maybe the drum is warped.

    Ideas?

    Joe
     
  2. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Joe,

    When you had it apart, were there two rollers?

    If one is bad, you usually need to replace both.

    That would be my guess.
     
  3. j2jake

    j2jake Well-Known Member

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    I would guess another bad roller and possibly the belt. Jake
     
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    Not sure this will help you but it has helped me many times for parts sales, identifying parts and general troubleshooting..........www.repairclinic.com

    Bryan
     
  5. Quack Shot

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    Did you take your tools out of the drum? Just kidding. You should replace all of the rollers, since if one was real bad, the others can't be that far behind. Also, make sure there are no spots on the drum that look out of round, or have material built up.
     
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    repairclinic.com is a great site. I can get the part numbers I need, order backup stuff, (my Whirlpool washer eats a coupler occasionally) and learn how the damn things work.

    Go there.

    HM
     
  7. joe kuhn

    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Couldn't get the other roller on the front to come loose. Nothing on the inside to grab on to. Will watch it and keep that in mind. The rollers in the back are another matter. Will probably have to take the back off the thing to get at those.

    Thanks guys.

    Joe
     
  8. WesleyB

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    Most dryer repairs are from the front. When you take the front off you pull out the drum... nothing left but a shell. Most klunks are from the rollers or shims the drum runs or rubs on.
     
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    Replace both rollers on the back wall.

    Get a repair manual. Dryers are really simple machines.

    If is a Kenmore, the top probably just pops off with a screwdriver.
     
  10. Maytag

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    Remove the lint filter, and then remove the two screws (phillips head)located in the front of the filter opening. Then pull the top forward, towards your waist as you face it, and lift. It will pivot up and you can lean it back against the wall. You will be then able to remove the front panel. Screws on the inside lip close to the top. Unclip door switch wiring harness, and set aside front panel. Unplug unit and now look in under the drum. Release tension of belt tensioner, (spring Loaded), and lift the drum out. Now the rear rollers are visible, and accessible. Replace both as a set. Usually bought in a kit form.
    Also gives you a chance to clean up the inside on unit. Use a thin coating of high temp grease on the roller shafts. You'll see everything is very straight forward and easy to do.
     
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    This unit is made by Whirlpool. All parts are the same as W/pool. Sometimes W/pool brand parts are cheaper. Check both for the best price.
     
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    Also look at searsparts.com. YOu will need the model # and you should be able to pull up a diagram and parts list.
     
  13. joe kuhn

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    The collective experience and knowledge on this site is phenominal. Thanks everybody.
     
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    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Maytag,

    It's making way too much noise again. This time I think it's a roller in the back. Following your directions... the door is in the way of those two screws in front of the filter opening. Taking the door apart, but not much joy there either.
     
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    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Figured out to take the screws out of the filter unit from the inside. Filter unit is completely out now.

    Next is sliding the top towards me. Jeesh it's tight...
     
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    Took out the two screws that angle in below the control panel. Top is still tight...
     
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    Joe:

    Don't forget that appliance parts place (they have offsite parking) next to the METRA in Downers Grove... good advice from those folks... BTW, while to had the fryer off did you have to do a dryer kit?!

    Jay
     
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    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Yeah, that place is great. Bought a fan motor for furnace there for 200 bucks. Probably saved that much at least. Neighbor is furnace guy...('fryer off...dryer kit'...what are you talking about Jay? Go have some coffee and call me back...)

    Back to dryer...control panel is flipped up and back towards wall...now how to get that top off so I can get at the drum and rollers...
     
  19. joe kuhn

    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Hah, hah. Top is off, I'm going in...
     
  20. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    When I did my last Kenmore HD (harvest gold!) I did a belt tensioner, belt and gasket that wrapped the front edge of the dryer... I didn't recall doing rollers, but could have... that was what I referring to!

    Good luck... hey how's bowling with Johnnie?!

    regards,

    Jay
     
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