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Cracked drums on LG dryers

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I noticed something on a LG dryer the other day. It was stacked, so I ordered parts and scheduled it with a helper. We took it down and tore it apart to install new rollers, belt, and pulley, The left side roller on the front bulkhead was totally destroyed. I replaced it with the shaft/pulley assembly and just the rollers on the other 3, cleaned and lubed of course. We put it together and tested it. It had a pretty solid drum seam thump when running.

 

We took it back apart and I found the drum did not touch the right front roller at all, maybe 3/8" or more gap. When I checked the panel I noticed there are 2 holes in the area of that rollers shaft location. The dryer was kinda toasted inside so there was a clear mark where the shaft was mounted, so we are certain the new shaft was in the same location the factory had used. I move the shaft to the other hole and the dryer ran smooth and quiet. 

 

I wonder how often the factory uses the wrong hole, and this might be causing the cracked drums. In the wrong position, that roller does nothing, and the left hand roller bears all the weight in the front. The excess load on a single point working on that seam could be causing the cracking, at least in some cases.

 

Nick

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I've never come across this problem. Interesting.

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... I noticed something on a LG dryer the other day

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Seen cracked drums before, sounds like a roller or a kinked belt, threw me off the first time.

I ordered a belt back in 2008 , but when i took apart  i saw the cracked drum .  Unit was 13 months old, customer  had LG replace due to warranty I believe 20 years?

They wanted $300 for labor , but after long fight they fixed it "Gratis"  but messed up his hinges?? go figure.

Luckily Hurricane Ike came along Galveston & took dryer with it.

I used to replace on LG & Samsung all 4 rollers but have since stopped & only replace the front ones.

 

*** On a few instances I have found drum cracked at the seam but not destroyed,  a lateral crack 1"to  1.5", I have used on 2

 

occasions, heavy aluminum A.C. duct tape to reshape & repair.   Have not had a call back  yet.   After you work on a different

 

problem this is the last thing you want to see because you know customer will not go for it.   So I told customer that along with

 

vacuuming the lint & all the TLC , I saw a hair line crack & repaired it with Alum. tape free of charge.  They know they have a future

 

problem & I am in the clear.

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