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How To Fix A Squeaky Dryer

by

Robert Parker

(date 12/30/2008)


My clothes dryer (Frigidaire Crown Series Heavy Duty) started making an incredibly loud squeaky sound. From my research on the Internet, I surmised that the problem was due to a defective rear bearing assembly.


DISCLAIMER: Depending on the make and model of your dryer, these instructions may or may not be useful. This information is provided only to document what I have done. If you choose to repair your own dryer, you are doing so at your own risk.


I went to www.partstore.com and ordered a rear-bearing assembly (part number 5303281153) for $17.95!


This is the 2nd time for me to save my dryer from the junkyard. A couple of years ago the heating element inside went bad. At that time I ordered a new heating element from www.partselect.com.


I had no trouble from ordering and getting my replacement parts from www.partstore.com and www.partselect.com. I would use these 2 again in the future.


The inside of your clothes dryer is a drum that rotates. The rear bearing assembly holds the drum up and allows it to rotate smoothly. When the rear bearing assembly goes bad, you'll definitely know it! It makes a horrendous squeaky sound and you'll start to notice metal shavings at the back of the dryer.


This short article describes how I fixed my dryer. I hope this will help somebody fix theirs as well! The Internet is great! Articles that I found on the Internet in the past gave me confidence in diagnosing the problems, finding a solution and ordering replacement parts.






This is the back of the dryer. In the middle of this rectangular piece of metal is a little metal ball (i.e. a bearing that's a little bigger than a BB). This BB is supposed to be embedded in a little bit of grease. This BB rotates as the drum rotates.

I noticed that this area of my dryer had a lot of fine metal dust.

The bearing assembly has failed. When I was able to remove the bearing assembly, I noticed that the bearing was no longer a spherical ball but was flat on one side. Little by little, the metal was being scraped away. That scraping away was the source of all that horrendous squeaking!!





First step before working on replacing the rear bearing assembly is to UNPLUG YOUR DRYER!





As I said earlier, this is the 2nd time for me to fix my dryer. I practically destroyed my dryer to get inside the first time. I shouldn't have. It's very easy to take it apart. There are little hidden clips that hold the top down. If you locate the clips, push on them with a flat-head screwdriver to pop them out.

Here I'm popping out the left side.







Now I'm popping out the right side.





Now I can flip the top up and out of the way.



Here I'm leaning it against the wall.





Notice that when you close the dryer door, the door hits a switch. The purpose of this switch is to sense when the door is opened.

Now that you've moved the top of the dryer out of the way, look down into the dryer and locate the wiring that connects to the switch.

Unplug those connections because we are about to remove the front of the dryer.

We can't remove the front of the dryer if the connections remain.









For my dryer, in order to remove the front I have to remove a couple of screws.







And now I'm removing the screw on the other side of the front of the dryer.








Now I can remove the front of the dryer.





We are going to take out the drum of the dryer.



Before we can do that, we need to remove the leather belt that connected to it.

To remove the belt, just lift up on it and slide it out of the way.

NOTE: Before you remove the belt, notice the 'wear' marks on the drum. When you put the belt back on, position as best as you can back on these wear marks.





Looking inside the dryer drum.....



Remove these 3 screws.



These screws hold the dryer drum to the rear bearing assembly.






Now I removed the drum.



NOTE: I had accidentally took this picture after I cleaned the guts out. I WAS SHOCKED AT HOW MUCH LINT THERE WAS IN THE BOTTOM OF MY DRYER! THIS IS SUCH A FIRE HAZARD! MY WIFE FAITHFULLY CLEANS THE LINT FILTER BUT OVER TIME SMALL PIECES OF LINT GETS AROUND THE FILTER AND ACCUMULATES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE DRYER. I'M GOING TO START TAKING MY DRYER APART AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR TO CLEAN THIS LINT OUT!

(I NOTICED IN MY USERS MANUAL THAT THERE WAS A NOTE RECOMMENDING A SERVICE REP COME AND SERVICE THE DRYER ONCE A YEAR. NOW I KNOW WHY!!! ALL THAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO IS CLEAN OUT THE DRYER SO IT DOES NOT CATCH FIRE!!)

NOTE 2: Notice the heating coil element. I have replaced this before too! It cost me $11 and some change! If your dryer ever stops getting hot this is probably defective. To replace it, follow the steps above and remove this coil and install a new one!






This is the front of the rear drum assembly.



To remove it, just lift it up. It's not screwed in to anything. It's just being held in a 'snap-fit' fashion.





I removed the front of the rear bearing assembly.



Now I can see the damage that was done. The nipple of the thing that I'm holding should be perfectly round (at least when I compare it to my replacement part.) But it has a worn flat spot on it! Metal was being scraped away from it!





This is the rear part of the rear bearing assembly. This is what the drum (via the part that I just removed in the previous step) rotates about.



I'm going to replace this as well.



My replacement part kit that come in with my order includes the thing that I removed in the previous step, all of the small parts that you see in this image as well as a tube of high temperature grease.





Take the 2 screws out to remove this assembly.





The back side (on the back of the dryer) of the parts shown in the previous image include a little metal strip as well as a BB-like bearing.

Your replacement kit should've come with these parts.

Install these new parts at the back of the dryer.








Install the parts shown in this picture.

It really takes 2 people to do this!

Someone has to hold the rectangular bearing bracket with the bearing in place while someone screws in these parts shown here.

Apply a ton of the high-temp lubricating grease to the bearing, and in the U-shaped trough.

All done! Now reassemble everything by just following the above disassembly instructions in the reverse order!

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