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Grinding noise in Kenmore dryer (11066812690) when drum is loaded.


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#1 Coke Bear

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:12 PM

I need help fixing a grinding-type noise on my Kenmore Dryer (model 11066812690). 

 

The grinding noise seems to be worse when the clothes are first put in there.

 

It has been happening for a while now.  It's to the point that it will only run for a few minutes before it shuts down.  It seems like it is dragging / grinding to a halt.

 

I removed the all wet clothes from the dryer.  Then I removed the front panel.  The drum rotates smoothly without weight.  The belt is about a year or two old.  It does NOT seem stretched or worn. 

 

I turned the dryer on (sans clothes) and it ran quietly.  When I put wet towels back in the dryer and turned it on, it made the graiding noise again.

 

Thanks in advance!



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:11 PM

Sounds like a pencil or something may be caught down in the blower wheel:  http://www.repaircli...er=110.66812690

 

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There's a video at the link above that shows how to disassemble the dryer to access the blower wheel.  



#3 Coke Bear

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:15 PM

Sounds like a pencil or something may be caught down in the blower wheel:

I'll check that, but I'm not sure why the noise ceases when nothing is in the drum.

 

Thanks for suggestion.



#4 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

If you don't find anything in the blower, then you probably have worn drum rollers or a bad idler and need the maintenance kit:  http://www.repaircli.../4392065/587636

 

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How-to video at the link above.  



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:51 PM

Sounds like a motor problem.  If the rear drum seal and front drum glide look ok, motor seems to protest with a load.  Could be an internal rotor problem causing the thermal cutout in the motor to shut down after a few minutes.






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