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#1 Kelfin

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 10:05 AM

I have an Admiral Designer Series gas dryer (model LNC8750A71) with an irregular and intermittent squeak that's been growing in intensity and frequency.  It is to the point now where the entire household tenses for the loud SNAP of something becoming seriously damaged whenever the dryer runs.

I removed the drum and the left roller is definitely rolling in a far less smooth way than the right roller, though they both look fine.   Here's what I need to know:

1)  What is the thing holding the roller on that looks like a little 2-D blast helmet for the bolt (photo) and how do I get it off?

2)  Is there anything tricky like loose ball bearings lurking behind the roller ready to spring/fall/self-destruct once I get the thing in #1 off?  Or any other weird things to expect after I get the roller off that will send me crawling back to the forum?

3)  If I do have to replace the roller, should I replace them both for symmetry's sake, or just the crummy one?


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Posted 23 January 2008 - 10:15 AM

that's an e-clip , for lack of a better name.

put a screwdriver near the center of the "helmet" and pry upward a little toward the top of the "helmet"   ... it fits on a groove in the shaft ... don't lose it

(availiable at any hardware store)

 

no ball bearings to worry about.. replace 'em both.


roller http://www.repaircli...sp?R=154&N=2815

 

(2) roller kit http://www.repaircli...sp?R=154&N=3044

 

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 01:55 PM

you should also clean the shafts as well with a fine grit sand cloth to remove any tarnish or debris before installing new rollers ;)
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Posted 23 January 2008 - 01:56 PM

I took a screwdriver to the e-clips and managed to get them both off, but bent them both in the process.

It turned out to be a moot point, because the shaft of the roller is the problem - it's got a nasty notch in it.   So I'll be replacing the whole assembly, e-clips and all.

Thanks for the links, too - it was reassuring to see that the shafts come with the roller kit.   $40 is still cheaper than what it would've cost to have a repairer walk through the door.  






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Posted 23 January 2008 - 02:32 PM

oh yeah, mucho cheaper ;)....glad we could help
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 06:57 AM

Rollers arrived and I've more or less got it all back together.

So e-clip question 2.  How do you get the buggers back on?  I can set them in the notch, but can't slide them into place.  I tried pushing with my thumbs.  I tried tapping with a hammer, but that sent the clip whinging off.  I found it an hour later wedged in the exhaust chute.

What's the trick?  Or is this one of those cases where girly fingers & arm strength are just not gonna cut it?


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Posted 30 January 2008 - 07:31 AM

you could try a small block of wood, maybe a pair of pliers...
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:20 AM

Not a job for fingers, get the clip in the slot and snap it home with pliers. I like regular pliers as they give better control.
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