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AN5Sprite
07-15-2012, 04:46 PM
All of the sudden our 4 year old Frigidaire clothes dryer starts making a noise.It's a little hard to describe but it's resistance related sound. Pretty much sounds like a bad bearing. When I reach in and spin the drum over by hand it's definitely harder to turn than it was before. It still works, but I'm thinking I'm going to burn the motor out if we use it like this.

Anybody out there have any experience with dryer repair? Could it be as simple as cleaning/oiling whatever the drum is riding on? Any guidance/suggestions are greatly appreciated

SilentUnicorn
07-15-2012, 04:53 PM
might need one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Frigidaire-Dryer-Rear-Bearing-5303281153/dp/B002ZNCBRA/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_0


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coldplugs
07-15-2012, 05:27 PM
I've had good luck repairing dryers over the years. I suspect the problem will be obvious once you get it apart. I doubt it needs "oiling" but may need cleaning and a bearing as Mark suggested.

I'd find a repair manual (usually a PDF on the net) and if you need parts try Twin Cities Supply ( https://www.twincitysupply.com/ ) in Portland. I've had good luck with them.

Boink
07-15-2012, 06:58 PM
A common problem to nearly all dryers is that the roller-bearings start to go. They're not too difficult to replace.

Basically, all dryers have a big rotating drum that rests on some small wheels. Those wheels are the problem. It's a bit of a pain to fix because you need to open the beast up and remove the belt around the drum (to the motor)... then swap out those wheels. Still, nothing like pulling or replacing the a clutch on a LBC. :yesnod:

AN5Sprite
07-15-2012, 07:14 PM
Alright, thanks for the advice. I'll report back with my findings...

rlwhitetr3b
07-15-2012, 07:15 PM
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Banjo
07-15-2012, 08:37 PM
On a side note, While you're in there replacing the bearings, a new belt and tensioner are cheap insurance to not have to open it up again soon.
Also do a thorough cleaning of all the ducts and whatnot inside the dryer. go crazy with your shop vac in there. Lint in those ducts is a common cause of house fires.

Boink
07-15-2012, 08:51 PM
On a side note, While you're in there replacing the bearings, a new belt and tensioner are cheap insurance to not have to open it up again soon.
Also do a thorough cleaning of all the ducts and whatnot inside the dryer. go crazy with your shop vac in there. Lint in those ducts is a common cause of house fires.

Yes, I agree. When you've gone to the trouble to get in there, you might as well replace the belt and thoroughly clean. :yesnod: